When you're online dating, there's always the chance that the photo you swipe right on may not reflect what your date actually looks like in real life. According to Simple Pickup, the number one fear for men is that their date is going to be fat (for women, it's dating a serial killer -- which sex is smarter again?). In 2014, they tested this incredibly insulting idea with a viral "social experiment" --it's unclear where this research came from--in which men react to meeting a girl who's larger than her Tinder profile photo. "Fat Girl Tinder Date" has 24 million views and is both degrading and stereotypical.
Entrepreneur Michelle Li saw this video and decided to create a dating app where plus-sized adults are celebrated, not shamed.
"It stuck with us," she tells Vice. "But not everyone is interested in small, petite-framed women so we decided we wanted to create a dating site that caters to admirers of bigger-framed people."
WooPlus is an app for plus-sized dating. "Whether you are a BBW, BHM or an admirer of curvy individuals, WooPlus App lets you date the most dazzling like-minded plus size singles," the app touts.
A writer for Vice took the app for a spin. The layout is similar to many dating apps like Tinder and Bumble but includes a space to describe your body type. This caused her some concern. "Was I an hourglass, inverted triangle (what?), a rectangle/banana (are these the same shape?), a rounded/apple, or a triangle/pear (again, what?)? After a moment of consideration, I chose "banana," because bananas are one of my favorite foods, which I didn't have the opportunity to list earlier," she writes.
Overall, she found the crop of dating options as limited. Li added that LGBT dating will be included shortly. So far, the app's marketing also glaringly lacks racial and ethnic diversity. In the world of dating, options are always good. WooPlus may not solve the problem of online fat-shaming, but for some daters it's no doubt a move in the right direction.