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TOPIC: Mainstream vs Disability Niche Dating Sites

Mainstream vs Disability Niche Dating Sites 4 months 2 days ago #67784

Short version: which do you prefer, mainstream or disability niche dating site? And why?

Long version:
I need your advice! Inspired by a lifelong friend who has a disability, I have developed a "better" disability dating site by not making a disability dating site at all. Instead, I have developed a mainstream dating site that is designed to be better accessible to those with disabilities. By accessible, I mean that I have designed the profile questions to comfortably open the door for people to mention, or not mention, a disability without it being the center point of their profile. Also, our blog is going to be highly dedicated to educating and opening the mainstream eye to dating with/or someone with a disability. I think that society on the whole is on the cusp of changing their antiquated view that those with disabilities aren't datable and I want to help push them over that edge.

However, it has been suggested (mostly by parents whose children have disabilities) that what is needed is a safe place to date-- I understand that thought but that pretty much means a site that is exclusive to people with disabilities. Which means, that it perpetuates the idea that disabled people should only date other disabled people. To me, that's like saying brunettes need to date brunettes. But, at the same time, I can see how you'd be better shielded from trolls as well as be in a community that better understands you.

So, what I am getting at is this: for you, personally, would you rather use a mainstream dating site that strongly represents your demographic or would you rather use a safe, better-designed disability niched dating site that, for instance, doesn't have a ridiculous name that includes "special"?

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Last Edit: by loveability. Reason: short & long versions
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