Man, they really drill in the message early with this nonsense: Maybe that’s why dating as an adult so often feels like being in a class we’re failing. With rare exception, dating is considered a pain in the arse, but a necessary hurdle if you want to advance to the next romantic level.And when you’re plus-sized (or if your appearance doesn’t conform to mainstream beauty standards in other ways), dating can seem fraught with even more challenges.
There are several websites dedicated to plus size or fat dating, but most cater to feederism and especially the fetishization of fat people. and that I was not deserving of love because of my body, a concept that many fat or plus size people are familiar with. I started off with a very closed mind; I expected this to be yet another fat fetish dating site. Cofounder Michelle Li says it's no mistake the model is similar to Tinder.
"It's a tried and true method, so we went with what works." Despite the swipe model, there are several differences.
But there are a number of things wrong with it that could contribute further to the negative sense of self that so many plus-sized women have become accustomed to.
Tinder as most of us know, relies on a match being made between two individuals depending on whether they 'swipe' left or right on their screens - but what is this match based on? With Woo Plus comparing themselves to Tinder "but without the fat shaming fools" they are unintentionally citing appearance as being the main source for a love interest.
The male CEO of Woo Plus went on to detail the catalyst that this idea derived from - his "sister experiencing this herself" and inspired by a recent video "posted on You Tube by Social Experiment that showed the rude, mean-spirited reactions by men when they met a blind date whom they thought was thin, but who turned out to be heavy" are the two reasons given for this creation, thus the Tinder style Woo Plus was born.
The press release describes further how the app has a specific policy against fat shamers with permanent bans on "anyone who makes disparaging comments on another member's appearance".Sixty-one percent of users are male, 39 percent are women, and while the app is targeted toward women, Li points to this as proof that there are men who like "all different body types." While impressive, considering the app launched in October 2015, the user base still isn't huge.Tinder reported 50 million users with 12 million users joining every day as of 2014, and Ok Cupid reported having 12 million users in 2014.If you are a plus size or fat person, you know how difficult it is to date.Tinder is notorious for its users fat shaming, and this video shows how people react to their real-life dates being bigger than what they expected. It was that video that inspired Woo Plus, an app exclusively for the plus size dating community.In Woo Plus, connecting with anyone is comfortable and safe. I found a gentleman here who is really nice and definitely my type.