Larger women can easily mistake an SDD-based relationship for true love, leading to crushing heartbreak, Li adds."These innocent, loving women think their partner will care for them, but they end up being victims of SDD." "The good news is that thanks to coverage on sites like MSN, Askmen.com, the Independent and the Guardian, SDD is becoming better known," Li said.“The unfortunate reality is that the current dating environment is very cruel to bigger girls,” the app’s San Francisco-based CEO Neil Raman told Raman got the idea in 2014, when the dating website Simple Pickup conducted a social experiment in which a woman showed up to her Tinder dates wearing a fat suit, eliciting cruel and frustrated responses from her dates.Raman and co-founder, Michelle Li, built Woo Plus, which has a Tinder-like interface that allows you to swipe yes or no to plus-size singles; matches are given 48 hours to message each other.
“Marginalization of people with atypical bodies is still a sensitive social stigma for many people involved in online dating,” co-founder Neil Raman tells PEOPLE. So Raman, along with co-founder Michelle Li, built a Tinder-like interface where users can also swipe yes or no to the plus-size singles.
” Another important thing to note is the app’s tagline — “Big girls, you’ve got more admirers than you think” — as well as its use of phrases like “Real women have curves.” My fear about @wooplus is that it’ll probably attract fetishists in their droves. “Someone even wrote an article to ask ‘Do we really need a plus-size dating app?
— Stephanie (@Nerd About Town) January 23, 2016 However, others feel that it’s important to create a space specifically for plus-size women in the dating world.
“Personally I am also not a fan of the term BBW – it makes me feel like I am a fetish purely for men and I’m not comfortable with that.
It baffles me that people think that men can only like one type of woman! It’s always important to have options when it comes to plus-size dating.” As for the Woo Plus team, they’re insisting that their main priority is creating a safe space.