I've been wondering about just how common the love of wearing diapers is.
Those of us who are DL's generally know we need to be very discrete about this, that the majority of society would not understand or accept it.
However, I do wonder just how common of a special interest and/or fetish it is.
We really have no easy way to know. By way of comparison, I've heard estimates that at least 5% of males crossdress regularly (to use another unconventional clothing preference as an example). That estimate came from emergency room personnel who said that roughly 5% of adult males who came in to the ER were in women's underwear, and that's just a rough ballpark figure to see that it's not incredibly uncommon if one out of every 20 guys in a random crowd has a pair of panties on.
For diaper lovers, we're not likely to get an estimate like that. I feel safe in assuming that most DL's don't wear out in public very often, if at all, so the same sampling purpose wouldn't apply.
However, I do wonder if it's becoming more common, and if more women are becoming involved with it.
I'd been looking around on the internet for diaper-related sites and information since the late '90's when I was first on the web. Back then, as some of you may remember, there wasn't a whole lot. Definitely not a lot of message boards, not a lot of websites, not a lot of anything. I also noticed that the vast majority of people on those few boards and with the websites that were out there, were men.
I saw a personal page once, a little over a decade ago, of a female diaper lover who admitted she seldom saw any acknowledgement that there were other women with the same interest, but she didn't care.
However, in the last decade, and definitely over the last 5 years, I've seen a significant rise in the number of sites, of a variety of levels of taste and maturity, discussing and catering to AB/DL issues. Message boards, blogs, sites of various kinds, it's a far better time to be on the web as a diaper lover than it was a decade ago, that's for sure.
That appearance of there being few female AB/DL's is also gone. Judging by a quick check of the blogosphere, there are many blogs and photoblogs of female diaper lovers, often discussing balancing wearing their diapers with being a mother or finding a diaper-friendly boyfriend. There's practically a genre on Tumblr of women taking selfies with their smartphones while showing off that they are wearing a diaper.
Is this a real change in the demographic? Are there more women now with that as a fetish, or are they just more comfortable talking about it? Are diaper lovers in general more common than they were, and if so, just how common are they? Or is the amount the same as it always was and everyone is just a little more open about it and willing to talk about it online?