There's some very old threads on the subject but they are much too brief and less specific for my liking. Some recent posts and threads have made me a little more curious. I've also included a poll (it would be nice to actually get a comment too if you vote)
But before I set the tone for discussion, and to avoid meandering semantic debate, I'm going to define lifestyle by how sociology has defined it:
To avoid some confusion, we could seemingly apply this definition to AB/DLs that only consider this a kink or purely sexual fetish and perhaps that could be for another thread. Instead, I'm interested in hearing from those that identify as an "AB/DL life styler". This individual not only identifies but also applies various elements of their AB/DL identity to other aspects of their lives rather than simply to their sex lives/private settings.Originally Posted by Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
So if you identify as an AB/DL lifestyler and apply some of those qualities to aspects of your EVERYDAY life, consciously or unconsciously, and place great importance on that, try and answer some of these general questions:
1. What AB/DL behaviors translate into other elements beyond your sexual life (or relaxation time/private time for AB's)? To where and to what extent? (i.e I wear baby clothes in public, I express my AB/DLism through my art, my choice in food, how I sleep, ect.)
2. How does being an AB/DL influence your opinions on certain matters?
3. When you act, what subtle AB/DL connotations do some those actions inherently have?
4. How affected are your interests in music/movies/art/hobbies, ect and where you spend your time influenced by it?
(Yes some of these questions flow into the other a bit)
If you wish to contest the definition, you may, but please give some specific reasons why rather than "I don't like it" or "that's not me."
Others that answer "No" to it being a lifestyle and DO NOT identify (very important), please give reasons below with the definition in mind.
It goes into the line of thinking in how one may identify as a musician. Some play instruments and do some musical stuff, but they do not consider themselves musicians, or look at the world in a "music oriented way" or do "musical" things to the extent a musician would. A similar saying "party like a rockstar."
To maybe clarify a little more, if those aspects of your life that have more emphasis to you that others perhaps. A Libertarian might have a "Libertarian lifestyle" in accordance with his beliefs and feelings, similar in a way an AB/DL would with their set of values/feelings and inclinations. Some people call music or politics "their life" and might have a large amount of elements of their lives revolve around it.
If that makes any sense.
Thanks to all for answering.
Please don't comment merely to talk about the picture, and please post coherent statements not in baby speak or you're on some kind of drug.