Plus size dating app
Illustration by George Heaven Online dating as a bigger woman can be brutal.I've been called a "fatty" or "fat bitch" by men on Tinder, or told that men would only have sex with me as a favor, because men could never be attracted to someone my size.According to Michelle Li, one of the co-founders of Woo Plus, the idea for the app came after viewing a viral "social experiment" video, where men reacted viciously to being set up on a Tinder date with a woman who ended up being fatter than she appeared in her photos."It stuck with us," Li told me.
I'm not insecure about my appearance, but when I first got into online dating, I found myself obsessing over my weight in an entirely different way.I worried my pictures made me look thinner than I actually am, and men would call me out for "lying" about my size.On sites like Ok Cupid, where you have to fill out a series of questions relating to sex, dating, and personality, I'd preemptively check how a guy answered questions like "would you date someone who is overweight? I eventually got over this, and I realized I'd created problems for myself that didn't need to exist.But I was intrigued when I heard about Woo Plus, a new dating app for plus-sized men and women to date freely, without the fear of being fat-shamed.Of course, the idea also has its flaws: Does an app like Woo Plus put too much emphasis on weight, rather than looking past someone's size to get to know him or her as a person?