From Craigslist to Blacklist

I love Craigslist. I’ve found roommates, apartments, concert tickets and furniture through it. I recently posted an ad for the site and got a flurry of responses, including the perfect one. But in the meantime, I also received emails from people intimating that I might be interested in various other services, if you know what I mean. Considering that my ad was related to children, it was a bit disconcerting to realize that I was working the classifieds in the midst of pervs.

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  1. Nick Stuart

    If an individual, or society, is incapable of controlling itself, it will be controlled by someone else.

  2. When we were living in Norfolk, I ran an ad in a local paper advertising portraiture painting, put that MFA to work and all that. The only response I got was from some creepy dude who wanted me to draw him nude. Yes, of course, I’ve painted nudes, but never for commission and certainly never used someone I didn’t know or trusted as a model.

  3. courageman

    I have used Craigslist to facilitate activities analogous to, if probably not precisely the same as, Mollie’s unwanted responses (no … I’m not proud of it, but I can’t and won’t pretend to be a better man than I am).

    Here’s what struck me as ridiculous about CL shutting down its adult-services listings, at least from a “public space” POV. Right on the same site there are hookup listings, “men seeking men,” “men seeking women,” etc., which I can assure y’all (no, I won’t link, the curious can do their own legwork) are quite as graphic (probably more so, at least M4M is) as the “escort”/”massage” ads.

    The M4M listings also are sometimes used as coded prostitution solicits — “seeking generous” is one such euphemism. And frankly, if one were a perv seeking a victim, a free-hookup premise works just as well as a prostitute solicit, maybe better. Once the clothes are off, what will happen will happen.

  4. Kenneth

    Interesting that they accept ads for prostitution.

    But not for guns.

  5. Cas Balicki
    Kenneth: Interesting that they accept ads for prostitution.

    But not for guns. · Sep 4 at 10:11pm

    I guess that it all depends on whether or not you’re shooting blanks.

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