We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
Also in the meantime: We want our readers to have the very best in love, sex, and friendship.
For that reason, we’re planning a limited edition, print-only, love and lust classified ads section. If you’re tired of Tinder, bummed out by Bumble, or lost in Match malaise, City Paper is here for you. You can participate, and maybe even find true love—or an A+ tryst—in the process.
First let’s back up a minute. What is a classified ad? Let us give you an example. This person is seeking a partner in a 1998 edition of City Paper:
(ISO means “in search of.”)
This person, in what is a classic classified, wants a spanking:
These two, below, are in the “I Saw You” category. If you see someone interesting while out on the town, but don’t say anything in the moment, you can place an ad.
Another 1998 ad, this one by someone seeking friendship:
This one is self explanatory. And yes, if you place an ad, we may choose it for “Ad of the Week.”
As for us here at City Paper, our ad would read like this:
Back before the internet, people placed classified ads to connect with other humans in a number of ways. As former City Paper editor Jack Shaferwrote in 2013, “Classified ads, especially the personals, often provided better reading than the journalistic fare in the front of the book.”
We want to offer the best journalistic fare. So if you’ve got the internet dating blues, or you need to find a friend in this city, or you need so much love the internet can’t satisfy it all, or you’re such a hopeless romantic you want to find your true love via the physical newspaper, or you’re just down for the ride that is life, place a classified ad.
We’re charging $5 an ad for a two-week run starting in mid-November. (And just to be clear, WCP supports relationships that are mutual, respectful, and free from coercion.)
If you want to place an ad, here are the instructions:
Choose a category for your need. The options are in the form below.
Write a message of no more than 50 words.
Create a secondary email account that you feel comfortable publishing in the paper edition of City Paper. Interested parties will see that address and use it to contact you.
Good luck, good love. Place your ad via the form above.