By Kristina Willis October 5, The man was around five feet seven inches and had brown hair that came down just over his ears.
Taylor thought he was attractive; not too tan and not heavy, but not too thin or gangly either. Of the three encounters with Craigslist men that Taylor has found on the Internet and later met with in person, this man is the easiest to remember. After chatting with the man for a while over the Internet, Taylor and the man decided to meet up. Most Tam students view Craigslist as a site to purchase used goods and not as a site to find sexual partners. Alongside numerous sections to find material items, however, are for jobs, relationship or sex requests and other personal services.
These controversial sections have made Craigslist a target of the media and various activist groups who point fingers at the site, claiming that it promotes human trafficking and prostitution. One area of Craigslist, the personals, is an plus section that, according to the Tam News survey, approximately 20 percent of Tam students have browsed even though it is technically illegal.
Surprisingly, Craigslist personals are accessable on campus computers. Any student can log on with a Tam computer and browse Craigslist personals, many featuring explicit photos of various nude body parts at school. Alongside more innocent titles, come explicit that suggest why the site is for 18 years old and above. Before entering the personals section is a simple white asking the viewer to agree to a list of terms before clicking a button to enter.
In short, these terms state that the viewer is at least 18 years old, understands that there may be adult content, agrees to flag prohibited content and report exploitation of minors and human trafficking to appropriate authorities. Responding to posts through often in a conversation between the two participants.
Sometimes it evolves to video chat or IM, which may evolve into something more sexual. Sex with strangers, however, does have its dangers. Philip Markoff, dubbed the Craigslist Killer by the media, allegedlyrobbed and attacked three women whom he met through Craigslist. One of his victims, Julissa Brisman, was beaten with a gun and shot three times at a Boston hotel. Markoff committed suicide in prison and was never legally punished for his deeds. The Tam News survey also revealed that 51 percent of the students polled knew someone who has used Craigslist personals by either responding to a post created by someone else or by forming their own requests.
A Tam student, after browsing posts, talking with the posters, and eventually meeting some, decided to make a Craigslist ad requesting a threesome.
Although, some people browse Craigslist for quality friendships, many post on Craigslist personals in search for noncommittal sexual activities after which they never see or talk to the person. Taylor reports having talked to someone for only two hours before meeting up, as well as chatting for a couple days with another. No Tam students interviewed said they had encountered a dangerous Craigslist predator.
No sixty-year-old man tried to kill me, nothing like that. Two men in South Dakota were arrested and charged for having unprotected sex even though they knew they were infected with HIV. Additionally, some people may not know that they are carrying the virus. A study taken in Wisconsin found that 37 percent of those who tested positive for HIV had already developed AIDS, suggesting that had been infected seven to 10 years earlier without realizing it. This also means that they could have been spreading the virus without their knowledge. Students are also careful when they meet people from Craigslist.
So what happens after one of these blind dates or hook-ups? According to Taylor, nothing at all. Just a blow and go. Although casual sex can be easier and exciting, it may have its psychological side-effects. Groundbreaking research published by Dr. In other words, casual sex impairs ones ability to establish a lasting emotional bond later in life. Another study, conducted by Professor Anne Campbell of Durham University, found that 46 percent of women felt bad about themselves after one night stands and concluded that casual encounters are harmful to women.
On the other hand, other researchers have found that casual sex among young adults does not actually have psychological consequences. Marla E. Eisenberg, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Public Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her colleagues collected data from an ongoing survey and found no differences between the psychological wellbeing of adults who had casual partners when they were young adults versus committed partners.
However, they still caution against casual sex. Tam students that have used Craigslist personals, however, disagree that finding partners on Craigslist personals is completely dangerous. Some students do argue that Craigslist personals are not limited to sexual purposes. Just like other areas of the internet, Craigslist is a place where anyone can be anonymous. Although he has no fear of receiving judgment for being bisexual, Taylor pursues people on Craigslist because it is simply easier.
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