But after navigating the minefield of online dating, this independent and successful young woman has begun to suspect that walking, even if it means physical discomfort, might make her love life go more smoothly.
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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.
While there are apparently hundreds of registered users on these websites, none of the individuals who spoke to The Daily Beast said they would use them.“If you’re in a chair, that’s great.
If you’re not in a chair and you can reach the top shelf in my apartment, that’s even better,” says Woodward.“I think dating sites for people with disabilities is a terrible idea,” says Carlson, in the same vein.
While heading to a first date, for instance, she often can’t help wondering if walking with crutches—which she can do for short distances—would be better than using her wheelchair.
Normally, she says, she chooses whatever is most comfortable for her.
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