So it's not hard to imagine why plus-sized women are often ignored, ridiculed, and/or fetishized on dating apps.
Fortunately, sites seem to be trying to combat this problem.
Dating apps don't exist in a vacuum — they're essentially just digital platforms where society's existing views on bodies play out.
But some of those questions can be decidedly fat-phobic. Ok Cupid has come under fire for some of these fat-phobic questions, and has responded by saying that they're always working to clean up or delete inflammatory inquiries.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.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.So we spend a huge amount of time deliberating how we can make Ok Cupid better at highlighting your passions, your beliefs, and your interests.".