Last week an e-mail pinged its way into my inbox and rattled my cage.
Although (probably) well meaning , I still felt that its contents was a problem that that needs to be discussed, the e-mail read as follows: The press release that followed spoke heavily of the need for this style of dating app and consistently referred to "big girls and their admirers" throughout.
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.
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So far so good, you might think - so why did this rattle my cage?
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.Woo Plus is a dating community which has a lot of real plus size members.They have been reviewed manually by us to ensure their profiles are legit, real.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.