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Thread: Representation of AB/DLs in news and other media.

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    Although this sort of thing doesn't come up very often in the "mainstream" media, I want to cite two CBS articles where it does because it's associated with criminal behavior, something the mainstream media can't get enough of.

    Craigslist User With Diaper Fetish Arrested 100.7 WZLX
    Diaper fetish lands former Dallas school employee Thomas Roussin an 11 year prison sentence - Crimesider - CBS News

    Now I personally was quite angered at the unprofessional tone and misleading headlines that seemed to try and throw this under the blanket of pedophilia and predatory behavior and shame those who have any personal desires to wear diapers into feeling like a pedophile/sexual predator, just because they want to wear diapers or play out fantasies in their private life. I'm not asking this lifestyle to get any widespread acceptance, and I can completely understand people not wanting to hear about it, as I can say myself there are many other fetishes and practices that freak me out. But that being said, why can't we just draw a line of common sense between criminal/predator behavior and safe consenting adult human fun? The Japanese seem to get it, northern Europeans seem to get it, yet in America you either be what I see as "normal" or you're a devious criminal! It's called a private life, because it doesn't concern the general public, so why does the general public need to shame people for things that don't concern them? Yes I think both those men should go to jail and serve a sentence fit for the nature of their crimes, but other than using it as an excuse, them having a diaper fetish is almost irrelevant. What do you think?

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    It does start to concern the public when these people are being predatory though!

    The thing is, it's not that interesting (or news-worthy) when someone practices their perfectly harmless fetish in the privacy of their own home.

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    Cherub

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    Also, another thing to keep in mind is that negativity sells. If the media can twist a story so that it makes the reader feel like they're getting the juicy in side scoop on something, then that story is going to grab headlines ans sell.

    In these cases, yes, I agree, there was criminal behavior.

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    You're missing the point completely. Both the stories are newsworthy. I'm not challenging that, I'm talking about the way they're presenting it to make people think this is a common and accepted thing among AB/DLs. The second headline reads "Diaper Fetish Lands Former Dallas School Employee Thomas Roussin an 11 year prison sentence" when it was actually for having kiddie porn. Comments like "Who in their right mind has a diaper fetish, anyway?" is unnecessary and gives people who are unaware of this fetish the wrong perception. Let's say someone accidentally discovered what you did, would you want their first impression to be that you're some pedophile or predator because stories that wrongly correlate such criminal behavior with AB/DL is the only way they heard of it or ok whatever, not my business?

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    Up until the late 1980s they would commonly write news stories about pedophiles that correlated them with homosexuals, thus gave people the impression that that's what gay people were. Now could you just imagine if they headlined an article about a man who molests a boy "Being gay lands man 11 year prison sentence" today? No way that would go down. GLAAD, and all the other gay rights organizations would essentially shut that news organization down.

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    It takes some mental gymnastics not to see a correlation between ABDL and being a pedophile or child molester. As a site admin I have had to kick a large number of them off my site. And anyone that hung out in the DPF chatrooms or reads fiction from less reputable sources than ADISC knows that they are an ever-present unwanted element of the community. It might be a weak correlation but it is enough of one that even a lot of ABDLs are not comfortable with the idea of another ABDL working closely with their children.

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    While sadly there's pedophiles with AB/DL interests, there's also pedophiles (the majority I would imagine) that have no AB/DL interests. I think the thing is, is it's people into things that one normally associates with children and other people taking that to assume they're into children sexually themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony777 View Post
    You're missing the point completely. Both the stories are newsworthy. I'm not challenging that, I'm talking about the way they're presenting it to make people think this is a common and accepted thing among AB/DLs. The second headline reads "Diaper Fetish Lands Former Dallas School Employee Thomas Roussin an 11 year prison sentence" when it was actually for having kiddie porn. Comments like "Who in their right mind has a diaper fetish, anyway?" is unnecessary and gives people who are unaware of this fetish the wrong perception. Let's say someone accidentally discovered what you did, would you want their first impression to be that you're some pedophile or predator because stories that wrongly correlate such criminal behavior with AB/DL is the only way they heard of it or ok whatever, not my business?
    When I was doing an English & Journalism class a few years ago, one of the things we were taught was 'headlining'. As I'm sure you'll recognise headlines are created in a pretty formulaic way - [Interesting/Unusual/Obscure/Relevant Fact Describing Person] [Problem] [Action].

    So... [Fact] Person interested in diaper [Problem] has kiddie porn [Action] which lands him in prison.

    I'm sorry but the fact that he pretends to be a baby is pretty interesting. I'm not saying that it's necessarily relevant, but you can surely see why people would want to jump to that conclusion?

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    If I wrote for The Onion I would make a article mocking this "Being human lands ___ in prison. Other species off the hook for all crimes they've commit."

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    BigC300

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    Pedophilia and persons who enjoy looking at pictures of real children naked have absolutely nothing in common with abdl people. Reporters who try to link these people with our fetish are extremely ignorant illiterate individuals who ought to have their asses kicked!



    Quote Originally Posted by MasterPython View Post
    It takes some mental gymnastics not to see a correlation between ABDL and being a pedophile or child molester. As a site admin I have had to kick a large number of them off my site. And anyone that hung out in the DPF chatrooms or reads fiction from less reputable sources than ADISC knows that they are an ever-present unwanted element of the community. It might be a weak correlation but it is enough of one that even a lot of ABDLs are not comfortable with the idea of another ABDL working closely with their children.
    There is no correlation between child molesters or pedophiles and abdl people. None. Except in the minds of idiots.
    Last edited by Trevor; 23-Nov-2012 at 18:10. Reason: merging posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigC300 View Post
    There is no correlation between child molesters or pedophiles and abdl people. None. Except in the minds of idiots.
    True but it is true that it is very easy to see how people make the jump from adult baby/diaper fetishist to paedophile. An older person is aroused by diapers that are used by babies therefore, although incorrect, it makes sense that some people would think that the same person is also attracted to children/babies. Similar to adult babies, older person likes to pretend to be a baby and perhaps gets aroused by this so they may also get aroused by actual children, again an incorrect idea but with a logical thought process as to why people think this.

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