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Sitting down with the newspaper on a Sunday morning isn’t what it used to be; sure, it’s a heftier paper with added guilty-pleasure appeal thanks to style sections, wedding announcements and celebrity gossip.But it seems that now more than ever, you can’t escape bad news.
The biggest platforms like Match, Zoosk, e Harmony, Plenty of Fish and Ok Cupid have millions of monthly users, but a sizeable user base and a dominant spot in the market doesn't mean they've ultimately cracked the code when it comes to solving everyone's love lives.
The internet is full of stories about women being horrifically fat-shamed or harassed on dating sites, and yes, those stories need to be told. And at a certain point, I think they can become inadvertent scare tactics, frightening plus-sized women out of the dating pool.
So, I reached out to Marie Southard Ospina, journalist, style blogger, and beloved bad-ass of the body positive movement.
For Venezuela, the country that has produced the most winners of international beauty pageants, it's explained that there is a highly-criticized practice of giving implants to young girls on their 15th birthdays.
China's reverence for the 'double eyelid' is the focus of the next section in the clip, explaining that 'eyelid tapes' to achieve the look are 'available in pharmacies and beauty stores for those unwilling or unable to have surgery.'The ideal face shape for a woman in China is the 'melon seed face', namely an oval shape with a pointed chin - and is so important in fact that dating sites in the country ask for face shape descriptions alongside other information.
It’s not a level playing field, and there’s no point pretending it is.