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I take pride in my appearance, my work, and every other aspect of my life. Just because I’m plus-size doesn’t mean that you can wear sweatpants to a fancy restaurant when meeting my parents.

I've found that something about being plus-size causes people to assume that, if you don't have a partner, then you must be lonely.

If you wear something tight-fitting or revealing, well, see the second point on this list.

But if you wear something more conservative or baggy, then you’re not just a prude, you’re a prude who’s ashamed of her body. I remember more than one occasion where my date tried to make me feel ashamed of what I’d worn because it wasn’t “appropriate” for someone my size (everything from short skirts and tight pants to tankinis at the pool can garner this response).

Not only do I have to face the regular hurdles of dating (like what to wear, where to go, and whether or not to have sex on the first date), I'm also forced to navigate some unique challenges reserved for plus-sized individuals.

From offensive assumptions to overly excited relatives, here are the nine reasons dating while plus-size sucks (and why I’m happier ticking “no” for the plus-one box on invitations).

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While I’ve always been a bit cynical about the idea of true love (which has played a role in my decision to never get married), dating while plus-size has left me loving the single life.at your size,” to, “don’t worry, I think you’re beautiful…for a plus-size woman.” I am beautiful, and it is great that I’m confident enough to wear clothing that makes me feel good about myself, but that has nothing to do with my weight.While that makes absolutely no sense to those of us with a brain, it seems that this can be a hard concept for some people to understand.Just because I’m plus-size doesn’t mean I set the bar low.I’ve dated classmates, colleagues, friends of friends, total strangers, and poorly matched people from e Harmony.

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