I become a creature, someone who would never have sex, who wouldn’t ever want to feel beautiful.When I’m out on a date and I’m using my cane, it pisses me off that some people make it clear that they think my date is being noble for being with me.Meet Disabled Singles claims to be the fasting growing co-operative of online dating sites in the world.This essentially means that it is part of a collection of dating sites, so if you sign up, your profile will automatically be visible to a larger audience via other relevant dating websites, not just Meet Disabled Singles.From uniform dating to websites that cater specifically for tall people, or those with a gluten intolerance, there really is a site out there for everyone.So what do websites that are aimed specifically at disabled people offer, and who is using them?Another day scrolling through social media, and it’s the same stream as always: posts about horrible rush hour traffic, pictures of cute pugs, twelve dozen memes about politics...and the story of a girl in a wheelchair who gets a date for her high school prom.
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I want to be able to go to a makeup store and not feel as if I’m running in there to be fixed.
When I go back to that lingerie shop, I want the clerks to simply assume that I’m buying for myself.
When my disabilities were invisible conditions, these were rarer, but when I started using a cane, they got worse... If I show up in a lingerie shop without my cane, the clerks treat me like any other customer.
But with my cane, they often assume I'm buying for someone else, or give me a side-eye.