Prostitution is what made Craigslist controversial. There's technically another section for that — "Adult Services," formerly "Erotic Services" — but that's not the only place you'll find practitioners of the world's oldest profession.The prostitutes of Craigslist speak in code, but it's not a difficult one to learn.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.Many people use Craigslist to find roommates, cheap furniture, used cars or part-time jobs. I decided to dive into Craigslist's "Casual Encounters" — a section made for no-strings hookups — to see if any of what I assumed about that virtual place was true.Then again, maybe they Amidst all those failures, I had one near-success.A woman wrote in response to my sweet "cuddling first" ad saying she was in town for only a couple of months, and that she was frustrated she couldn't find a relationship.
One day my message was intended to be sweet and normal; I suggested starting with drinks and fun conversation to see if we had chemistry, then going back to my place to cuddle on the couch with a movie and see where that led. In yet another, I explicitly detailed sexual activities and used very aggressive language.
One responded: "Really man, can be cool and relaxing." I began to suspect that no women actually used the site.
The stereotype is that women are interested in relationships, and that only men would be interested in totally casual sex, right? In fact, I was inspired to write this article when a friend told me many of her female friends had owned up to using it. I was only getting messages from gay or bisexual men!
Is it populated entirely by perverted sexual deviants, serial killers, prostitutes and scammers as rumors insist?
Or can two regular people really make the connection that the section's name suggests?
Over the next couple of days, I actually received a lot of posts from women. To be honest, I doubted the veracity of the claims.