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Woodward chronicles these reactions on her blog “Step Funny Right Now.”Some of the first-time messages she’s received from guys on OKCupid:“…Are you handicapped cause in half the pics your [sic] standing and the others your [sic] not so I’m confused.”“Hello there. ”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.
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.
Clown Dating.com, for instance, is a singles community for professional clowns, aspirational clowns, or people who just find clowns sexy.
Wheelchair users may only post photos that show their bodies from the waist up, or people with visual impairments may not mention their guide dogs and white canes in bios.
Only when they schedule an in-person date with someone do they mention their disability.
If you don’t have a disability, you’re unlikely to know they exist.
But if you do have a disability, try sifting through the literally hundreds of messages you receive from people who aren’t interested in making a good first impression.