Once in awhile, while reading those profiles, where people describe themselves and describe what they are (or are not) looking for in a partner, I'll come across a line such as "if you're on antidepressants, I'm not interested"
Sometimes, these comments can go beyond a simple "I'm not interested" to being completely insensitive and disrespectful.
The following comments were all taken from profiles on online dating sites:
For gawds sakes, if your bi-polar, on meds for depression, seeing a shrink, (or just plain crazy as a loon) ......
No one who is required to take medication to hold a normal conversation. I am going into Pharmacy for a living ; I refuse to date anyone who keeps it in business.
Please don't email me if you are taking medication for acute psychiatric reasons
if you need the aide of antidepressants to lead a productive life you are not the person for me.
Do you hear voices in your head? Do you drool? Do you bark? Do you take medication for this? Are you bi-polar (ok most of you are bi-polar) Are you clinically depressed? Are you on anti-anxiety drugs?
I suppose that everyone in the world is free to date, or not date whoever they wish. Just as some people may not want to date a person of a certain religion, body-type, ethnic background, or career.
And, to be honest, I don't think someone who suffers from and sort of mental illness or disorder deserves the type of person with limited understanding, who'd publicly post such a narrow-minded opinion, anyways.
But, it still disturbs me to see such people being allowed to publicly post such comments.
Some of those sites censor content of profiles. If you were to post content in your profile on those sites, publicly bashing people of a certain religion, bashing people of a certain ethnic back-ground, insulting people with obvious physical handicaps such as blindness or paralysis, etc, the content would likely be deleted. Quite possibly the user's account would be deleted too.
But, on those same sites, it's apparently perfectly acceptable to refer to someone as "just plain crazy as a loon"; or to make comments like "Do you drool? Do you bark?"
In fairness, I should point out that profiles containing such comments are certainly in the minority on those sites. But they do exist. I was able to find these comments by spending a short amount of time searching for such comments this afternoon.
They provide a good example of the sort of opinions that some people in society have, and enjoy publicy expressing.