To clarify, this isn't a prompt to ask any of you to post your real name on here, but I do bring this up because it's something I've been thinking about recently.
I've started taking commissions for my ABDL related art (which you can see in the links in my sig) and am super excited for it. At the same time, though, I've asked to be paid through Paypal only and even though I can change my email that's attached to my Paypal account, I can't change my name on it. This means that, no matter what, people commissioning me may be able to see my real name.
And I think this is an issue that is both warranted...but at the same time not that big a deal.
Of course we all want to keep this side of ourselves private as much as possible. Now, it's true that there are people in the ABDL community that are more open with their lifestyle, but I've mostly seen others talk about it as something they'd rather do where the risk of exposure is minimal. By putting your name out there, even though it's only known by people who've got no clue about who you are in real life, it suddenly feels like your doors have been thrown open and everyone is seeing what you want to keep secret.
This is especially daunting when one considers what future ramifications could be for this. Who's to say that someone online finds me in real life and exposes my lifestyle? Who's to say, by putting my name out into this community, any attempt at Google searching my name will bring up results revealing my specific likes? And with the advent of social media, suddenly finding a specific person can be easy.
These are all real problems that could happen, but at the same time...you have to consider that it's also not likely to happen.
I've noticed that the internet isn't quick to really care that much about outing people for stuff they've done. I know of an animator that I enjoy that's done some small ABDL related works as well, but it's not at the forefront of the stuff they do. Plus, it's not that important to the net if it's something minimal.
And it's not as though you're gonna be giving out every single piece of information about yourself outside of your name. In my case, my real name will only be seen when someone pays for a commission through Paypal and that's it.
For me, at least, I'm fine with my real name being out there in a way, but I will agree that I wouldn't want to have it open all the time.
What about you guys? Would you trust the community of the internet enough with your name?