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    ABDL Awareness VS UnderAwareness ?

    I found some older closed threads on this topic, and read a few other closed threads on the topic of IC versus ABDL. - I have gained the impression that this is a very sensitive or controversial topic thread, and do not wish to create a new conflict here as a new member.

    I attended (pun intended) the Depends Diaper Company's "UnderAwareness Drop Your Pants Dance & Social Event" that was held in Manhattan recently, and met a lot of other people there.

    It seemed that the Depends adult diaper company had sponsored a social "meet & greet" event, whether that was, or wasn't their original intention. - EVERYONE there had a wonderful time, and seemed very anxious to hear some news from the Depends UnderAwareness "charity" in the future about similar upcoming "meet & greet" events. -

    Many of those attendees, including myself, consented to photographs and videos under the "charitable" guise of raising money to destroy "the stigma" associated with wearing incontinence products. - They were given faith that a community social support network was being sponsored by the Depends Company during this "kick-off" event. - Yet, that hasn't happened, while at the same time, the photos and videos were broadly and openly distributed to the mass public media

    In the meantime, many of our younger community members have "kicked-off" a similar community awareness effort called "ABDL Awareness" that is actually building a community social support network in a very similar fashion, and without the gratuity of funds.

    Its no secret to those of us with ABDL friends, that many persons with incontinence participate within the ABDL community.

    I wonder if anyone else had attended that event, or who is willing to share their own impressions or opinions ?

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    I think both is true - IC people also follow the ABDL threads, and vice versa. Why? It is because we share many of the same things. The IC contingent at a minimum need to rely on diapers as a Way of life. The ABDL contingent may or not urinate or mess their diapers, but they seem to always be searching for a better diaper, something even the IC people do. And that alone results In a communality that many times is not found elsewhere. I for one, follow both threads for just that reason, and even if after just a week of membership have found a united community who are not afraid to share opinions or reviews to just about anything found in the Adisc community. And all managing within the prescribed PG rating!
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    While I was not fortunate enough to attend I guess I am pleased... I still have a lot of problems with Kimberly Clark. (some of which is mentioned here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2aDIlo9yQE

    I feel like when they start making tape one briefs will be the time I support them fully. Many people with issues need something better than pull-ups.

    I haven't heard of ABDL Awareness yet and would like to know more about it. I am not sure how that could possibly not piss off the IC community more. I don't feel like most of us would have the tact to navigate a stunt like that without hurting people. In theory I would say it is not morally wrong but again i can't see the run-of the mill ABDL* execute this without making us look like ass-hats.

    My main concern is ABDL*s distributing pictures of the event as diaper porn.... this disapoints me. I wouldn't even if mind somebody was taking pictures of me without my consent and using them to get off, but cheapening a movement as important of this would bother me. There has to be a bit of respect.

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    I really don't see the need for a public awareness outing somewhere. This is different from the gay and lesbian community.
    While a wider acceptance of ABDL would be great, but no telling what some of those creepy people will try to do for shits and giggles in public. The public already views us in a negative light because of the worst of us are displayed on television and others are just made a mockery of. The community isn't that well known and will probably become across as weird to others.

    I prefer our community to stay behind the scenes and not make a joke of themselves. Telling Significant others is one thing, having a parade of diaper clad people with the ABDL side of things is just flat out weird and being for something bad.

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    ForeverSmall - the depends diaper company has distributed pictures, but has offered no means for the participants and supporters to interact or socialize with one another in exchange.

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    I know a few people that are IC that like the abdl community just because of the abdl diapers like Bambinos.

    They understand that the thick ABDL diapers would not be on the market for them to use without us.

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    anned - something struck me like a brick when i attended the Depends Company's "Drop Your Pants Dance Social. - I had anticipated a formal event that would be more like a "conference", with informational kiosks, brochures, formal discussion seminars with questions & answers, etc.. - Instead, it was immediately apparent from the moment that i registered at the gate, that this event was a casual "meet & greet social", and i felt very frightened. - Nevertheless, every person within the large gathering was extremely outgoing and friendly, with the exception of the event staff themselves. - It quickly became apparent that this was the very first time that most of the attendees had ever met another diapered person in a social setting, and everyone seemed definitely interested in making personal connections with others. - As the event drew to a close, people began, almost desperately exchanging personal contact information. - Nobody wanted it to end.

    I feel sad that the Depends "UnderAwareness" event purposefully exploited the attendees by publicly distributing photos and videos of the event and its attendees, myself included.

    But what seems far sadder, is that those brave individuals who sacrificed their own privacy in support of this "community" effort have not been given any means to meet or talk to the other individuals like themselves, whom they came to meet and support. - That seems very abusive and ignorant, in my mind.

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    It seems like Depends and its parent company aren't really all that interested in things beyond making extra money. I really hope the competition can do a much better job and force them to change. I'm talking about Always discreet and their new line. I've never seen such a big push with something like incontinence products and it seems like they are trying to make it sting less for those who have to wear such products. Plus the product has a lot more features that are more practical and seems like they listen more than depends does. Ideally, it would be nice for a mainstream company to make a decent diaper available in stores that actually works, using their distribution network of physical stores. I guess much of the brief/diaper suppliers are beholden mostly to nursing homes and hospitals than average everyday folks.

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    mattyd - judging by the overwhelming attention that i received from the women who attended the event, i had the distinct impression that the company was specifically targeting "the stigma" associated with MEN who wear incontinence products, and are shamed by the negative social stigma. - The request, "Hey sexy man, may i take a photo with You in the picture ?", is just one example of the positive interactions that the few men received from the many women.

    Of course, it makes perfect sense that the Depends company wants to market more of its products to men, so profit is obviously their sole motive.

    i did find it interesting to hear from one of the depends company staffers at the event, that their marketing data indicates that a huge proportion of their customers are "Occasional or recreational users under the age of 50". - interesting, indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaLMaNN1983 View Post
    I really don't see the need for a public awareness outing somewhere. This is different from the gay and lesbian community.
    While a wider acceptance of ABDL would be great, but no telling what some of those creepy people will try to do for shits and giggles in public. The public already views us in a negative light because of the worst of us are displayed on television and others are just made a mockery of. The community isn't that well known and will probably become across as weird to others.

    I prefer our community to stay behind the scenes and not make a joke of themselves. Telling Significant others is one thing, having a parade of diaper clad people with the ABDL side of things is just flat out weird and being for something bad.
    Well... the gay scare in the mid 20th century? When gay men were commonly equated with pedophiles? This did change when the public became aware of the gay community and most people noticed that being homosexual is just the same as being straight except you fall for people with the same genitalia as yourself. Of course homophobia is still much too common but at least legally homosexual relationships are widely accepted in western countries and legal equality to heterosexual marriage is on its way. It's not the way it should be, which is full equality, but the positive changes couldn't have happened if everybody stayed in the closet. Of course gays were mistaken for pedophiles because pedophiles who happened to target boys were open about it. And so it is with the ABDL community. If the public knew most of us aren't creeps but in fact very polite and considerate people then they wouldn't associate us with said creeps. The reason they do so is because the creeps are those that are vocal.

    I might be talking out my rear end as almost all my friends know about me being an ABDL and liking Omorashi and I never had a negative reaction but it's kinda annoying how in ABDL/Omo online communities I always stumble over people from my region by complete accident and it never happens vice versa in real life. That's why I hope for a more outspoken community...

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