I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be AB/DL. I think that in many cases it can be classified as a fetish, but I think that for many people it is also something else in addition to fetish. Or for some, not a fetish at all. What do you all think, is the commonly accepted definition of Fetish enough to describe AB/DL?
I have limited knowledge of other kinds of fetishes. In my case, my memories of my own intense interest and desire for diapers, go all the way back to the age of 3 or 4. This seems like a very early beginning for a fetish. Do some other common fetishes begin showing themselves at such an early age?
For many people it seems that AB/DL can be a really significant portion of their lifestyle. I wonder if other fetishes function similarly. The only one that comes to mind is the Furry Fandom. Do most people in the fandom consider it to be a fetish? Or, is it only partly a fetish? Or, is it not a fetish at All?
I also wonder if anyone can recommend some good books related to Fetish; Its history, what it means to have one, and how it relates to modern society. Have any books been written specifically about AB/DL? I know there are some good resources online, but I am looking for some in depth stuff. Your thoughts and recommendations are much appreciated!