If you do a Google search on “plus-size single women,” you will find page after page of BBW dating sites and advice.
Don’t get me wrong. There will be plenty of time to talk about dating, but this isn’t the post. It just blows my mind that there is no online community for plus-size women who aren’t married. That is exactly why Plus One Woman is important.
I know for a fact there are millions of single curvy women in this country (and around the world, for that matter). Literally tens of millions.
Now, I’m not a statistics person, but I’ve done my homework:
- 2/3 of Americans are considered overweight1 (curvy)
- 100 million Americans over 18 are single (never married, widowed, divorced, living with a partner)2
- If you assume half (50 million) of the single Americans are women, and 2/3 of them are overweight, that means there are about 33 million unmarried plus-sized women
Thirty-three. Million. American. Women.
That is the entire population if Morocco!
That is a LOT of women who don’t have any representation online. No blogs, no Facebook or Twitter presence. Nowhere for us to congregate online, link arms, and share resources that will help us lead our best lives as curvy singletons. Where we are safe to be ourselves and where we can celebrate our size and ourselves.
I know we are out there—I have met you online and IRL, and I am ready to raise the flag. Because even though I live in a city of 275,000 people, why do I always seem to be the only single woman in the room wherever I go? People talk about what they did with their families or significant others over the weekend, and I’ll blurt out, “I got through the latest season of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix!”
They look at me weird. Awkward silence. Then they resume their discussions of what kind of gutters to buy or what Junior did in soccer practice.
Aren’t you sick of those conversations? Why do they have to happen on a daily basis? Wouldn’t it be awesome to have our own slice of the Interwebz for us to:
- Connect with women around the country?
- Have live Twitter chats to while away Friday and Saturday nights?
- Become activists to advocate positive body images for our daughters, nieces, students, and any other young women who look up to us?
The reason the world needs Plus One Woman is because there is absolutely nothing like it. There are so many wonderful blogs about plus-size fashion and body acceptance, but from what I can tell, none of them address the particular challenges unmarried women bigger than a size 14 face. Plus One Woman is the intersection of singlehood, size, and community.
Do you think there should be an online haven for curvy singletons? If there are any topics you would like me to cover, please comment, hit me up on Facebook, or send me a tweet!