I'm moving from NJ to NOLA in a few months, so I'm making the rounds of my friends in NJ who I realize I may see very few times if ever after my move. Me and a friend were at a coffee shop yesterday and talking about a lot of things- my girlfriend, her new boyfriend, so on- and something led her to bring up My Strange Addiction. She asked if I watched it and I told her I boycott it. When asked why, I told her that I have a somewhat uncommon sexual fetish that they had an episode on that portrayed us rather like freaks. She was curious and asked a bit more, so I explained that it's uncommon enough to be something most people don't know about, but common enough that it shows up in pop culture from time to time. I also explained that while once you think about it for a minute you realize it's rather harmless though easily a bit offputting if it isn't your thing- kinda like feet. I got into how despite being benign it does lend itself well to being made fun of and we also have to deal with one certain attention-seeking pariah who always volunteers for those shows.
Then I mentioned it was also featured on an episode of CSI back when we were in college. She says "Oh, wait a minute" and looks away like she's remembering something. Then "Oh, ok. Actually I'm pretty sure I know what it is. But you were saying?" [slightly paraphrased]. And the conversation kept going on. We moved on to other things shortly after that.
It was nice to know that a good friend of mine knows what my fetish is and didn't judge me for it. In fact, she said that she knew the episode of MSA I was referring to and doesn't blame me for boycotting it. In fact, now that she knows that it was a really bastardized portrayal of us, she thinks a lot less of the show.
TL;DR: Gave a good friend enough information about my sexual fetish for her to triangulate what it was. Didn't get judged, and she actually now views us in a positive light and as normal people. Countered some of the damage Stanley did to us on My Strange Addiction.