We had a major WTF moment this morning when we read about a new dating trend: speed dating for skinny people only. The website OnSpeedDating.com is offering “Skinny Minny” events, which allow only women who are size eight or smaller to get involved. But what’s even worse is that there are no such limitations on the guys who want to go to these events – men of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Yep, we’re just as horrified as you.
The tagline for these dating nights is “Date women size 0-8” and the Huffington Post reports that women who attend are made to wear a nametag with their dress size on it. How classy… not. We’re wondering if they’re even allowed to have their names on the label, or do their potential beaus not need to know this minor detail, as long as they weigh the correct amount?!
While the rest of us are feeling ill at the thought of these overtly discriminatory events, the people at OnSpeedDating.com are justifying themselves by stating, “We all have relationship ‘deal-breakers', and that does not make us shallow, we’re just single New Yorkers that know what we want and are attracted to.” Sorry guys, but we’re not buying it.
And just as we think it can’t get any worse, we read on: “Guys, no need to worry about meeting a biggie-size chick "down-sizing" to an 8 like when you're dating on-line. We'll be checking labels at the door,” proclaims the website. Wow, just wow.
A Thought Catalog journalist, Rachel Rabbit White, attended one of the events and found that the anti-Prince Charming men were unable to explain exactly why they were looking for women in a particular weight range. "You didn’t have to meet any requirements to come here, so what value are you bringing to this exchange?” White asked a potential suitor. Silence. “Why do you feel you should be with a woman who takes special care of her body?” She questioned further.
“Because I take good care of my brain,” he finally replied. Do you, really?
Obviously lots of people have a certain “type” they are attracted to, but the one-sidedness of this whole concept is unbelievable and we are left questioning what type of women and men actually attend such events. Surely there must be better ways to meet someone.