A dating app to help combat the negative stigma surrounding plus-size women and lurve - surely that's something I (as a plus-sized woman) should be happy about? I'm sure that the creators of this app mean no ill harm and are only aiming to combat body image issues by pioneering this app.
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.
Users can now flag harassing behavior by reviewing, rating, and commenting on the profiles of guys they’re messaging with, according to a new press release.
If a user accrues enough poor reviews and ratings, he will be automatically — and permanently — banned from the site.conducting a survey of its members and finding that a disconcerting 71 percent of women admit to having been “harassed and insulted” based on their weight and appearance.
Not only this, but the descriptions of the app focus heavily on 'plus-sized women and their admirers'.
When I joined Tinder this summer, more guys approached me in the first week than had approached me my whole life. Dating has never been easy for me, and now add to that the fact that I’m 31 years old — I’m not going out like I used to in my 20s, so there are even fewer opportunities to meet people.
Those ratings, comments, and reviews then become part of an artificial intelligence algorithm that is used to recommend potential matches.
A big girl working at, say, a law firm may be more inclined to wear all non-fitted clothing, which only makes you look bigger, but she doesn’t have colleagues like mine to tell her that upfront. They weren’t interested in getting to know me; they just wanted to have sex with a fat girl.
Woo Plus, a location-based dating app for “bigger women, big guys, and curve lovers,” has introduced a new feature to empower its community of plus-size women, who are often subject to body-shaming and ridicule.
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