We've had a lot of discussion in the past couple of months on the various identities found throughout the AB/DL community (ageplayers, Littles, caretakers, diaper lovers, ect.) but none so much of the vast culture all these identities are submersed in known by us and the main culture as the AB/DL subculture.
We can think of culture as the collective shared behaviors, symbols, values, perceptions, ect found within. What do you think, based on your experience and what you've seen, makes up our particular subculture? Do you share in this culture?
Going further, one might be able to see even subcultures present within wider AB/DL culture. What kinds of subcultures are those and what makes them up? Are they perhaps more of a subculture of something else?
To kind of get the ball rolling...
From my own observations of the "AB/DL community," I'm quick to characterize it as a sexual subculture in the greater kink community (with a few exceptions). The vast majority share some form of diaper fetishism or related paraphilia toward infantile objects. Even for those without sexual tendencies exhibit the same sort of strong focus on these objects, which in doing so share the common behavior of emphasis on the use of infantile objects/behaviors.
The accepted and most widely symbol in this culture is the one currently found in my signature.
As far as values go this is a much tougher thing to pin down. If anything, I say acceptance of idiosyncrasies. Remember, we are thinking of commonly shared values or even an ideology we hold in regard/
The Sissy and Babyfur subcultures are clearly observable, though they tend to be mostly defined by their parent cultures. Perhaps pure age players share a culture outside it in terms of shared behaviors and what they value.
So with that, what have you seen? Think?