As these ads go offline, we spoke to a 25-year-old man in New York who used Craigslist’s personal ads — specifically the casual encounters section — as a way of finding casual sex in his early 20s.He spoke to us on condition of anonymity, because, well, that’s what Craigslist personals were all about. Unlike dating apps that often require being linked to a social media account, on Craigslist you could be nameless and Facebook-less.“Most people didn’t even have pictures of their faces,” our 25-year-old Craigslister says. “Usually the person I would meet would be someone unattractive or would have weird tendencies,” he says.“I didn’t know what they looked like until I met them.” [ As Craigslist personal ads shut down, we’re losing an important queer space ] And sometimes he didn’t even get to see what they looked like: He estimates that he would answer hundreds of ads, which might net about 10 replies, which might then lead to one in-person interaction. In one encounter, a woman insisted on having porn blasting the entire time.
Another made him put on a blindfold the moment he arrived.
“She was going to have sex with me, but I wasn’t allowed to touch her,” he recalls.