Anyone can get anything online; the internet is the home for letting all your dirty laundry hang out to dry; this includes sex. And the online classified ad marketer of choice Craigslist has always been the home for virtually anything you wanted; including sex. Yes the adult services page of Craigslist was always a hoot to read for someone like me who would never consider using pay for sex situations (I’m married, of course. But I’ve always taken the George Costanza; ‘why pay for something when, if I apply myself, I may be able to get it for free’ credo). Still, the way in which states attorney’s generals have come down hard on Craigslist has led them to shutting the adult services portion down; for what could be forever.
CENSORED: If you go to the Craigslist website there is a big black box over where Adult Services used to be that says CENSORED. The latest news about this to cross the wires is not good. XBIZ newswire came across with a story that said that shutting down Adult Services for good could cause Craigslist $36 million dollars in 2010 in lost advertising revenue; that’s one third of their total income for the year.
Craigslist Deathblow? With all these attorneys general going after the online classified site one has to wonder if this could be a deathblow for the website. 1/3 or your revenue lost is a big portion; the thing to do may be to just sell out to Time Warner or something like that; quite literally take the money and run. While there has been no evidence of that just yet, this news is still fresh and I’m sure it’s a consideration that’s got to be on the table.
This Craigslist fiasco just makes me wonder about the whole industry of sex. Are we really still so puritanical and innocent that we can’t face this issue square on? Sex is real; so is prostitution, fetishism, and other forms of adult entertainment. While no one is asking for it to be taught in kindergarten one has to wonder who we think we’re fooling by holding ourselves to such strict moral standards. What did parents tell their kids happened when Bill Clinton got caught out? How about Tiger Woods? Both were role models; even if you didn’t like them, you had to admit that.
It seems that if we can’t deal with these issues squarely, they will continue to live and breed and gestate in the shadows. Bad things left untreated only get worse. Do we really need to continue to demonize sex in this way?