Disabled woman finds dating site for disabled people
Stephanie Woodward, a 26-year-old lawyer with spina bifida, recently turned to online dating as a fun and cheap way to explore her new city.However, the online reactions from men to photos of her using a wheelchair have been nothing more than a “shitshow,” she says.
The anonymity of the Internet, however, gives the curious a new kind of boldness.“It’s really kind of a hit and a lot of misses when it comes to online dating,” Woodward says.
“I feel like, as a person with a disability, I get a lot more of the weirdoes or the people who feel entitled to ask questions before they know my name.”There’s a special type of troll on dating sites.
They simply want to know how exactly you’re “broken” and whether or not you can still have sex.
This relentless disability trolling on dating websites can have a truly toxic effect.
Woodward chronicles these reactions on her blog “Step Funny Right Now.”For people like Woodward who look different than the norm, these kinds of awkward first-liners are a fact of life.A day running errands in public can involve multiple strangers asking invasive questions about her body and her abilities.