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.
There are several websites dedicated to plus size or fat dating, but most cater to feederism and especially the fetishization of fat people. and that I was not deserving of love because of my body, a concept that many fat or plus size people are familiar with. I started off with a very closed mind; I expected this to be yet another fat fetish dating site. Cofounder Michelle Li says it's no mistake the model is similar to Tinder.
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.
Perhaps because Woo Plus's user base is comparatively small, there aren't enough people to make it awful — yet.
But like most humans, us fat people want people to love us for who we are, not for our bodies, or not because of our bodies.
"It's a tried and true method, so we went with what works." Despite the swipe model, there are several differences.
First, you can only like a few people a day, unless you invite friends to join the app, an obvious attempt at getting more users.
there are over 25,000 users with 2,000 new signups every day.
Sixty-one percent of users are male, 39 percent are women, and while the app is targeted toward women, Li points to this as proof that there are men who like "all different body types." While impressive, considering the app launched in October 2015, the user base still isn't huge.