I just had a very interesting idea.
Not long ago, we were having a discussion about different types of AB's, and some definitions related to them. One of the distinctions that came up was related to the way people feel about themselves in the role of a young child. Some AB's, like me, feel that they are role-playing because they enjoy it, but don't feel like they actually are a young child and wouldn't choose to actually become a child again if they could. Some AB's, however, DO see themselves as an actual child, just in a grown person's body. The definitions are somewhat unclear, but for clarity, let's call the people who like role-playing as a young child ageplayers and the people who feel that they actually are a young child littles.
Before we continue, let's dive into another world. There are men in this world who like to dress up like a woman, put on make-up, wear high heels and all of that stuff. They are called transvestites; most male transvestites identify as a man, but nevertheless really enjoy pretending that they are a woman. On the other hand, some biological men feel that they are actually women, born in the wrong body, and they often search treatment to actually, physically, become the woman they feel they are. They are called transsexuals, and they're significantly different from transvestites.
Now let's apply this to the situation in the AB world. Ageplayers, like transvestites, enjoy acting and dressing like someone they actually aren't. They love to play pretend. Sometimes it's sexual, sometimes it's not, but it's always a very important part of who they are. However, they don't mind going back to their everyday life, and they're not bothered by their everyday body.
On the other hand, littles, like transsexuals, actually want to be someone they're physically not. They feel that they are in the wrong body, and they want to adopt a completely different lifestyle from the one society expects them to have.
The point I am trying to make is this: Ageplayers are the AB equivalent of transvestites, and Littles are the AB equivalent of transsexuals.
At least, that's what I think. If I'm right, this means that my previous post about AB's, littles and ageplayers being pretty much the same thing was wrong. Also, if I'm right, it's probably important to make this a semi-official distinction, so everyone can find his or her place and understand each other a bit more. But of course, more research on the subject is needed first. Also, I'd like to know what you guys think. Brilliant idea, load of crap, or somewhere in between?