Plus size dating app
"I'd get messages from men that would say things like, 'Do you want to meet up to have sex?
' And when I'd say no, they'd say, 'Oh, well you're fat, anyway.'" Craig says the criticism would bother her back then, before she'd started her successful fashion blog in 2013, found the body positivity movement, and started embracing her shape. While dating apps are notoriously scary spaces for women in general, with some 57% of female app users reporting some kind of harassment, plus-size women seem to have a tougher time than their "straight-sized" counterparts.
she's fresh out of a long-term relationship with someone she met on Tinder.
But even though her last stint in the digital dating world ended with a fairly happy relationship, Craig isn't jumping to reenter the scene — partly because of her past experiences."When I was first on the apps, I experienced people fat-shaming me," she says.
"These cultural ideas filter into our day-to-day interactions," Escobar says.
Of course, these ideas play out in the workplace, on school campuses, and, in some cases, even in the medical industry.
In fact, the plus-size dating app Woo Plus found that 71% of its 1,000 users reported having been fat-shamed on "regular" apps.
"I feel like the entire culture has changed so much," she says. Everyone is just judging based on appearance."That said, the idea that apps are to blame for people's obsession with their prospective partners' looks isn't completely fair."There's a very limited representation of bodies when it comes to media in general, especially when it comes to women" she says."In terms of finding love, you think about romantic comedies and advertisements depicting romance, and it's almost always about a thin woman.This may sound like pure optics, but apparently it's working: "Since we launched the pledge, we've seen decreases in harassment, both from reports and our machine-learning technology that detects harassing language," says Melissa Hobley, the chief marketing officer of Ok Cupid."We know that women in particular are really frustrated at how dating apps are set up to be incredibly focused on appearance.