We have this really narrow definition about who is valuable, and that rarely includes women at all, let alone women of color and women who are plus."When plus-size women are represented, they're not the main characters.
Instead they're the funny friend, or the helper, and they rarely find themselves in the center of romantic plot points.
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.
Ok Cupid's algorithm then uses that information to calculate a match percentage between a particular user and a potential partner.
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.
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 it's not hard to imagine why plus-sized women are often ignored, ridiculed, and/or fetishized on dating apps.