For so many women, the fear of leaving their houses and being subject to scrutiny, stares, and ridicule is real and ever-present. Most of the time, it's not even about feeling uncomfortable in their own bodies. Instead, it's about others' reactions to them, or even worse, not being physically accepted into society's straight-sized constraints.
That's why one woman has invented an app that will *hopefully* break the cycle of anxiety for people with bigger bodies.
An app called AllGo is in the works. It'll rate public places on how accommodating they are for people of all sizes and disabilities.
The app is currently in its funding stage on Kickstarter, but is already close to its goal. According to the page, the app will be a "review platform where people of size – and the people who love us – rate the comfort and accessibility of public spaces from restaurants to theaters and airplanes to gyms."
The app has a simple yet important goal: Keep the world from shrinking for people of size.
The app was created by Rebecca Alexander, a plus-size woman who's spent a large part of her life feeling excluded from places in the world. "I have scrolled through more photos of ravioli than you can imagine, when all I really want to know is if a restaurant's booths have tables that move or tables that are bolted down," Alexander first told POPSUGAR. "Having to do all of this research all the time really dampened my desire to go out. It was just too hard to find what I needed to know."
Instead of feeling defeated by the anxiety of going out as a plus-size women, she felt empowered to do something about it.
"Our platform gets people the information they want to go out more, without discomfort. We design with size in mind because we believe that all bodies are magnificent and deserve to be comfortable," the Kickstarter page reads. This, of course, also helps those who are physically disabled and left feeling excluded from public places.
By the looks of it, the app will benefit SO many women who feel anxious about fitting into a seat on the airplane, walking into a new gym, or shimmying past tables in a restaurant.
The app will operate like Yelp, where people will search for a place and be directed to a list of community-sourced reviews on how accommodating it is.
The app's team has already completed user research, conducted personal interviews, and gathered information to make it all possible.
Currently, they're at $38,500 of their $50,000 goal. Luckily, Alexander's message has already been picked up by a few big-name influencers and activists in the plus-size community. Roxane Gay and Tess Holliday are just two women who have already showed their support for the app's mission.
If you'd like to donate, you can find their Kickstarter here!