We wouldn't need an "app for plus size singles and admirers to find their matches," as noted on the app's i Tunes landing page, or for "big beautiful women (BBW), big handsome men (BHM), fat admirers, chubby girl[s], Dadbod[s], curvy women, thick women, and everything in between," because the notion that fat bodies are as desirable as any other body type, in that some people find them desirable and some don't, would be understood — and not just by fat people themselves, but by all people. Refinery29's Liz Black took note of the app's "condescending ads," tweeting, "Like a plus size woman would be shocked a man thinks she's hot."Blogger Callie Thorpe of From The Corners Of The Curve told ASOS, "It feels that instead of addressing the way plus size women are treated in society — and most certainly on the dating scene — we are having to further separate them."In the same article, curve model Felicity Hayward said, "To then make a separate dating app for bigger girls is a completely backwards step.There are no apps for girls under a certain weight, so creating something for bigger girls is basically segregating them from the norm. "SLi NK Magazine Editor Rivkie Baum told Huffington Post that Woo Plus' approach was "animalistic," adding, "I can’t help feeling that continuing to make bigger bodies into a fetish by segregating them continues to make falling in love with someone above a size 18 seem unusual."I understand every single one of their points, and for the most part, I agree wholeheartedly.But there's also nothing wrong with wanting to use an app like Grindr or Woo Plus that's catered to your own sexuality.And so I cannot help but feel that the problem some folks are having isn't with the over-sexualization of fat people, and specifically fat women.
Most of us are real, down-to-earth people who have a few extra curves or pounds.In much the same way that apps for gay and lesbian individuals like Grindr or Pink Cupid can coexist with Tinder, so too should an app for fat individuals like Woo Plus.There's nothing wrong with wanting to use an app that is, in theory, meant for everyone.Size discrimination runs rampant, and it affects everything from healthcare to employment to media to the size of seats on public transportation to the self esteem of individuals.
That it would also affect dating doesn't seem unreasonable.Not wanting divide is definitely reasonable, and it's a feeling that can also be heard through campaigns like #Drop The Plus.