Craigslist 'Adult' Ads Cleaned Up, But No Less Erotic

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 10, 2009 5:17 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Sure, the ads in Craigslist’s new “Adult Services” section are tamer than those that appeared in the old “Erotic Services” category, shuttered after the firestorm surrounding the “Craigslist killer” case. But read between the lines and the meaning is still the same, Chris Matyszczyk writes for CNET. “This is little more than a dance, a dysfunctional Argentine tango between those who advertise sexual services on Craigslist and those who have sought to pursue the site.”

The demands by law enforcement and the concessions from the Web, are “all mere posturing,” Matyszczyk writes, “as people have learned how to communicate with each other online in ways that will successfully circumvent the law's arm length.” And the purveyors of pleasure are wise to that fact, and even a bit cheeky. After all, “what conclusions can one possibly reach" from an ad that guarantees to "mostly please" clients?

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.   (AP Photo) CEO Jim Buckmaster, left, and founder Craig Newmark. CEO Jim Buckmaster, left, and founder Craig Newmark.   (AP Photo)
Image from NYC's adult services section.
Image from NYC's adult services section.   (
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If you wander around the site, you will see new code words emerge, words that quickly become understood by those who regularly go there, seeking whatever it is they seek. - Chris Matyszczyk

You can try "causal encounters" or "women seeking men" or "men seeking men." And who would wish to declare that all of the massage advertisers in the "beauty" section are, indeed, merely masseuses and masseurs? -

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