The move shocked users everywhere, primarily because the site and its personals seemed like an untouchable staple of the early internet. As dating sites rose to prominence and hookup apps took over our romantic exploits, Craigslist personals seemed like a nostalgic artifact of our digital past. The pulling of the personal ads made everyone stop and ponder: While Craigslist has dominated the space, there are several platforms that offer the same services as Craigslist, if you know where to find them.
One of the most helpful Craigslist features is its housing section, which allows renters to post about openings for roommates, landlords to post about available rentals, travelers to post about sublets, and more.
But if you're looking for alternative places to find housing be sure to check out: Spare room is a roommate-searching platform that allows users to post "room wanted" ads and "room available" ads. The service also has expanded with an IRL event, Speed Roomating, in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to connect a community of people looking for a housemate, making it faster and easier than ever to find someone to share your space with.
The group is for actors so the housing offered tends to be short-term sublets or temporary rentals, as actors book tours are looking for people to finish out their lease. But with over k subscribers, Ghostlight Housing can be a great way to find a place to stay, especially as you look to get your footing when you move to a new city. Roomster is a home-sharing website that was founded in with a simple mission: The site allows home owners to post listings of their space, and then allows users to sort through them, filtering out whether they're looking for a room, an entire place, a roommate, or a tenant.
The site also allows users to connect their social accounts to their Roomster profiles so that you can better verify that your potential roommate is actually who they say they are. It is astounding what you can buy and sell on Craigslist. But if you're looking for alternative platforms for peer-to-peer purchases, be sure to check out: That could be because it's super easy to list items on eBay. To sell something eBay, just enter the category of item that you'd like to get rid of, and eBay will list similar items to yours, allow you to set the condition of your item, and then the platform will send pricing recommendations.
The site also boasts a "best offer" feature, which allows users to place a bid for an item other than the listed price. For shoppers, that means a greater ability to negotiate bargains for goods and for sellers, that means its easier than ever to get cash for an item you're trying to get rid of. With Amazon making it easier and easier to buy things you can now buy stuff with the push of a button , after all , it's easy to forget that the digital commerce site also lets you sell things too.
For anybody who is looking to sell stuff on Amazon, the platform has two subscription plans — professional and individual. That means whether you're a small business or just looking for some extra cash by getting rid of some of the junk you have lying around, Amazon can be the perfect tool to find a new marketplace to sell stuff. The joy of Craigslist's list "for sale" section was that almost anybody could post or respond to a listing. The downside is that almost anybody could post or respond to a listing For anybody looking for a little extra security, meet Facebook Marketplace.
The tool allows Facebook users to buy and or sell items in their neighborhood. But the perk of Facebook Marketplace is that it connects to your Facebook profile and displays data that you've made public on the platform, which the platform hopes will make it easier to avoid spam and fishing. Know where and how to search, and Craigslist can be a job hunters go-to career board. With everything from writing gigs to medical opportunities, Craigslist hosted a bevy of job listings.
A frequent assumption is that sex workers have more mental health problems than the general population. To my knowledge, no longitudinal study capable of addressing the causality issue has been conducted, but there is another, related issue that often goes unaddressed — the type of sex work.
Not all sex work is created equal — hustling on the street to feed a drug addiction and having sex in a car or a shady motel by the hour carries very different levels of risk and stigma than does advertising online and meeting your clients at a private studio or high-end hotel.
These differences are bound to leave different marks on your mental health. Unfortunately, no published U. But this Swiss study offers a rare glimpse. In Switzerland, sex work is not illegal, and in in Zurich, there were about 4, legally registered female sex workers. For this study, researchers recruited of them, contacted through a variety of locations outdoors, studios, bars, cabarets, parlors, brothels and escort services , and interviewed them at length about their mental health and experiences with sex work.
But were some sex workers at higher mental health risk than others? And, when they further looked at the mental health profiles of the women in the different clusters, they saw marked differences. They were of mixed European origin, worked mostly in studios or as escorts, experienced high levels of social support, and relatively little violence, pressure or rape outside of work, and little to none within sex work. Their mental health was quite admirable.
They were very similar to the general U. The two other groups were somewhere in between these extremes on their mental health. Over half of them 58 percent had mental health problems.
Their mental health was somewhat better than of Cluster 1, but still 42 percent reported at least one psychiatric diagnosis. Like all studies, this one has its limitations. It also likely underrepresents women who were entirely forced into sex work or who were working illegally whose mental health is probably on par with, if not worse than, that of Cluster 4. Nonetheless, this study demonstrates the incredible diversity that characterizes the world of sex work and its mental health correlates.
Ignoring this diversity and treating all sex workers as one homogeneous group when forming attitudes or making policy decisions is bound to lead us to wrong conclusions, even when most well-intentioned. Or want to read other people's hookup experiences? The mental health of female sex workers.
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, , — Yes, it always seemed like a case of "closed mind" thinking when people assume sex workers all have the same motivation.
Just like some people lump all lawyers into the same category of being sleazeballs. But both of these groups have people with a wide variety of motivations, intentions and backgrounds. Some lawyers are in it for the money, some want to fix social injustices, some are in it because a childhood mentor was, and some people simply like the details of the process. And some have even grown to hate it but are stuck in it because the money is good and they don't have other equivalent opportunities.
So, for example, some high-end sex workers consider themselves healers and actually enjoy many aspects of their jobs.
For some of these, it's actually a case of getting paid to do something they enjoy. Of course, this is either incredible or morally unacceptable to some who insist on finding some pathology with it. Even worse, there are plenty of people who insist that virtually all sex workers, including virtually all porn actors, are trafficked and forced to do their work.
In fact, people who hold those misguided beliefs, or want others to think they are true, have posted comments many time in this section of the PT blog.
There are long-term relationships between a courtesan and a client where a friendship and even emotional attachment has developed, but in which money for sex is still exchanged as a matter of support, courtesy, respect, and knowledge that the courtesan depends on it for a living.
Strictly speaking, even some marriages are that way when one person doesn't work. But people would say a marriage is not because there are so many other aspects involved at that point. Well, could it then be said that if a client and escort develop a relationship that has nonsexual aspects, then the money he is paying her is no longer for sex?
The same could be asked of a mistress who stays in an apartment paid by a mean. Lots of people always think this is clear-cut. The graph of reasons why someone chooses sex work all have one thing in common. No girl or teenage girl dreams of being a sex worker when they grow-up to be an adult. Would you tell your boss you hate your job? What percent of the general population is completely satisfied with their work? I would say a large percent dislike or hate their work.
I was told face-to-face by an escort that she hated her clients. Even though the environment was on the better end of the spectrum. She still hated it. Her behaviour after knowing her for a year was definitely influenced by mental illness.