It was an underbelly of sorts, but a beloved one. Where else could a woman decide she might like to engage in some light bondage at 2 a. Even as technology advanced and others moved on to Tinder and other apps, I remained loyal to Craigslist, preferring the anonymity of the platform as well as the democratic base of people attracted by the free, low-commitment interface.
The message users receive if they attempt to click on any of the personals sections reads:. I was capable of losing a whole day to the section, refreshing my email inbox and responding in a trancelike state.
The section enabled my addictive personality, allowing me to too easily engage in behaviors that became unhealthy for me. I found myself in dangerous situations that sometimes had consequences. In my 20s, I went through extensive therapy for sexual trauma and addiction, during which I had an extensive system of passwords and blocks set up to keep me off the section.
It just got a little bit harder to engage in risky behavior around anonymous sex, which for me personally may ultimately be a good thing.
And yet, something is lost. That such a free space existed for kink to flourish, for unedited human desire that was inclusive of every type of person to thrive, for consenting adults to find their complementary sexual puzzle piece, for men and women to independently and anonymously exercise their right to sexual liberty is more precious and rare in retrospect, as we look toward a digital future affected by the reach of the new sex-trafficking law.
I literally just was emailing with the biggest MILF ever, and then it was all shut down. Goddamn this comment pumped me up. At first I was like, "nah, I don't think I do," reread the comment again and again, and now I'm all "hell yeah I do!!!
If you're not kidding, you can still email her. The email relay is system wide, so it still works. Government ruins everything it touches! Fuck all these muthafuckuhs! I'm moving out of this shitty ass country when I get the chance! What are some better alternatives? To their defense it's one of those bills that was worded in such a way that being against it would just make you look really bad.
Commenting just to commiserate. Absolute best fucking relationship. We're getting married next year. I had several really positive, fun FWB situations from personals before that. Feels like a major part of the internet just disappeared. Feels like the internet is really tightening it belt. I remeber when people where selling weed in causal hook up section. I had lots of fun experiences on Casual Encounters, with both males and females. This is such a bummer. Anyone have any ideas for alternatives?
So much for the internet being free I'm thinking that's gonna replace Craigslist. Just give everyone a few days to get situated. For instance, all of Canada's casual encounters are still up, CL is based in US so they can't risk it, but a foreign country that doesn't have the same laws could def run a casual encounters site. I liked to browse when bored at work just to see what people were getting up to in my area. It's sad to see craigslist has absolutely no backbone at all, this isn't even a signed law yet.
We need a better alternative but even then it will take ages to get the word out to the level that craigslist is at. Prepare for the glorious migration of all the collective craigslist fucksquatches to Fetlife, Tinder, Grinder, and misc personals boards. It is not all seediness and criminal actiivity, I had some bad experiences on a few occasions, but overall, the good experiences outweighed the bad.
Best place on the internet to get straight to the point of what you are looking for, be that love, a fwb, a hookup, or a missed connection, and if you so chose, it did not have to have money involved like backpage or many of the other supposed "personal" sections on sites like cl.
Can't even tell the real hookers though anymore. Every post is just a link to an empty IG page. No that got ruined too, you can only post a number as the title and no text in the actual post, only pictures. One way to eliminate a lot of fake ones is by doing a Google reserve image search. Of course the same fake pics could be used on other sites, but you can at least know it's fake if the image is of some porn model and it's on websites and was posted as early at Ik I barely found out.
I used it to hook up with others in the T4M mostly. Fetlife, Tinder and grindr are my only options now. Wondering if this bill is gonna force tinder, okc, grindr, etc to all close too? I mean those are all well known to be places for sex workers. It'll drive them nuts. I can't stop laughing at that response. I need to find the perfect Hannity page to post one on.
I'll promise him, personally, the best knobjob of his life and send him a picture of Trump in drag! Lol let's make them take down their own sites then they will finally realize what idiots they are. It passed in the Senate and in the house. You'd have just as much luck hooking up in CNN's comments. I guess you don't realize just as many Dems voted for this bill as Repubs did..
I know CL personals is considered the bottom of the barrel. Ive had some mild success meeting people on there More success than traditional dating sites.. I just found out. I know that Im late to the party. That seems to be my life. Had to jump into this diccussion after reading how open and honest everyone has been. I have a great deal of Love for the CL personals. I use to think like some. That is was for the bottom of the barrels.
But we are only human. We have wants and needs. So, I started using them a little over 2 years ago. And even though there was a lot, and I mean a lot of fakes and flakes and games.
I managed to meet some beautiful and great women and had a lot of good times. Some one night stands. Even 2 long relationships. Its definitely sad to see the personals gone. Those of you who had been there for a long time. You got a lot more notches than me. I will admit Im a little jealous. Definitely wish I had discovered and started using the personals a few years earlier.
But no use of crying over spilt milk. Life has a way of even-ing out. Perhaps all the prostitutes will move elsewhere and CL will bring it back when laws get changed letting free adults get paid for sex In all seriously I got all my first gay sex through CL. There is no chill gay bar by me just a young one with blaring music which is horrible.
It's interesting that other countries Casual encounters are up. Everyone just start using Toronto's casual encounters lol. I was just thinking this. I'm in Vancouver, but I like to browse the Bellingham listings because it's no biggie to pop across the border. I figure all the Americans near the Canadian border are going to start posting in the nearest Canadian city. Was just coming here to post about this. Met my best friend on there, he and I still thank each other for not being a murderer Is the closest alternate I found.
But there are very few ads or none in some sections - but I imagine that will pick up soon. The hell you on about? It was also created by a group of Democrats. Reddit's personal sections are actually good; there may not be many people, but the vast majority ARE real people, even if they don't post their picture in their ad. Check your city or state. So many great people are still in my life because of the site. My and my BF met through CL, after we both spent many years exploring our sexuality through the site.
I know my BF will too. Is there some way we can recreate that, but avoided all the legal crap that CL would have to deal with? There enough smart people in here how hard would it be to recreate Craigslist and call it Craigslust or something silly like that. I heard of a site called https: We are working on fixing the issue!.
Please come back in a litlle bit. The posting capability is still working so - POST an ad and it will go live as soon as possible! Instead of a degrading "why has no one swiped right on me" process like tinder or yellow, where you run out of people in your area, it was a cool email function where you could anonymously tell people what you wanted to try, what you were looking for, and say a lot more about yourself to people online without scaring anyone off. Instead of judging their looks first and running out of matches till you eventually go "well They really still could find a happy relationship, or meet some cute ass people, experiment, or finally fulfill their fantasies, so Plus, god, it was flattering and such a massive self esteem boost back then; hundreds of anonymous email responses to date or sex ads, exploring things, all that I'm gonna miss it.
It getting removed really caught me off guard, especially from all the dope ass people ive met there. Or one that can be like, both legal AND effective, not anything where the only results involve fake spam bots 92 miles away, so yeah I'm going to make a prediction, that this will encourage the rise of something like a block-chain forum that is "not hosted by anyone".
When that happens, they'll probably regret this type of legislation. It's sad that it was a conservative bill that introduced this. Conservatives have always held that laws can't control human nature nor people. This will drive the bad element underground and make it harder to track, meanwhile the legitimate users lose out. It's also sad that a great service has been ruined by spammers, scammers, botters, and yes, unfortunately criminals.
There was a very legitimate use for the personals several, actually. So now we all lose, for lack of other solutions. I'd like to get in touch with someone I've been emailing. To test it, I responded to my own ad using a different email address, and it went through.
So, for now, they are still working if you want to reply but I wouldn't count on them staying active for long. Best to exchange direct email addresses even if you have to set up a junk email address to do so. Not everyone is using it to meet hookers a lot to people actually gained true relationships from this site at least they should have kept personals for relationships and removed the sex encounters part.
It has both desktop and app versions you can get the app on Apple and Android. I met a few cool women and ppl thru these personals and as usual our gov. Is ruining fun things when they should be worried about larger issuers than some damn potential local prostitution on a website.
Now what the fuck do I do? This is coming from a guy who lost his v card in a park from a girl I met on craigslist. Best 10 seconds of my life! I'm not surprised this had government action taken against it, it's ironic that some of the most successful people can function normally in law, politics, medicine, science, art, technology etc. I encourage everyone that agrees or disagrees with my post to at least watch this YouTube video by Anonymous:.
Been using it since around Met hundreds of people, good and bad but mostly good. We still post pics of her sometimes just for shits and giggles. Really, weirdly sad to see this go Tampa Pride is coming up in my city tomorrow.
I want to know how the hookups are going to play out, since there's no Craigslist to post.. Had to weed through a lot of BS, spams, fakes, and flakes, but, I did score a few good fwbs. Sad to see it potentially gone forever. The intent of the bill, rather. On some other shit, my opinion is neither true nor false. I know what you are saying.
But the execution of it is absolutely moronic. Its like shutting down the entire egg section in a supermarket because a few of the eggs were rotten.
Then people will just look to the black market for their eggs.
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