Is Shutting Down Craigslist’s Adult Services a Hindrance for Child Porn Investigations?

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Under pressure from several attorneys general, government officials, law enforcement and advocacy groups, Craigslist shut down its Adult Services section on September 3rd of this year. In place of the link to the once-popular hookup site, it now simply reads “Censored.” Although Craigslist did shut down the Adult Services portion of the site, and their director of customer service and law enforcement relations, William Clint Powell, has assured the House Judiciary Crime subcommittee that they have no intention of restoring it, the company itself is …

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Research Shows that One Night Stands Can Lead to More

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of true love, of finding that one special person to share their life with?  Sometimes, however, we get bogged down in the Disney princess mentality and miss the opportunities that exist right under our noses.  And sometimes, friends with benefits, casual dating with occasional (and non-monogamous sex), and the odd hookup are just easier.

But according to recent research out of the University of Iowa led by sociologist Anthony Paik, these informal relationships aren’t necessarily a bad thing … even in terms of finding your one true love (if you believe in such a thing, of course).

From The University of Iowa News Services:

Couples who became sexually involved as friends or acquaintances and were open to a serious relationship ended up just as happy as those who dated and waited.

“We didn’t see much evidence that relationships were lower quality because they started off as hookups,” said Paik, an assistant professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The study suggests that rewarding relationships are possible for those who delay sex. But it’s also possible for true love to emerge if things start off with a more ‘Sex and the City’ approach, when people spot each other across the room, become sexually involved and then build a relationship.”

You know, part of me is really pretty excited about this even while my brain is screaming, “That’s freaking rudimentary!”

What this research is basically saying, after all, is that those willing to invest the time and energy and desire into making a relationship successful are more likely to be successful at the great long-term relationship game.  Therefore, it doesn’t matter as much if a couple start out as friends …

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Approaching The Taboo Of Rationalizing Casual Sex

57300743According to my own friends that I, myself, surveyed (and I still kind of think that there are some people who aren’t ‘fessing up honestly), just about half of them admitted to participating in a casual sex encounter.

I’ll speak candidly: I, also, am part of that high statistic-ed number.  Whatever.  Judge if you want to, but it is what it is.  Despite what women are supposedly “made out” to be, sex is just that sometimes.


A new study from Brunel University in London shows that men and women differ greatly on their standards for casual sexual encounters.  While men are more likely to engage in said practice, they appear to discriminate less.  Which is to say, not at all.  Approximately nine hundred students were surveyed throughout the US, Germany and Italy.  The subjects were interviewed with various questions, rating their responses on a scale from one, being least likely to engage in a specific activity, to one hundred, being most likely.  Students were asked questions such as if they would be likely to ask an individual out on a date, take them home or best case; bed them.

According to the study’s outcome, regardless of the questions asked, men were more likely than women to accept all three requests.  While men scored on average a 46, women’s tastes held firm at an even 4.

An interesting note of reference which was quoted in this study:

“Such choosiness for short-term sex could be explained by the so-called good genes hypothesis, in which women, for instance, prefer guys who show some feature indicating strong genes that can be passed down to offspring, say the researchers. ”

This, science aside, I’m going to put a big, fat ‘no’ upon.  Again, my aforementioned notion of sometimes sex is just sex once more comes into play.  If I’m seeking out a one-night stand, it’s because I want just sex.  I’m not looking to perpetuate a set of good genes by bedding the hottest stranger I can find.  I’ll reserve that for someone I’d want to invariably start a family with, not some high-end barfly from the pub.

While it’s hardly surprising that men are less discriminating than women when they choose who they’re bringing home to the sack that night, it’s mildly disturbing that women are pegged with the acidic stake of bedding a stranger because she wants to repopulate the world with attractive spawn.

Men and women alike: sex.  Is sometimes.  Just sex.

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