- Adult Baby
I highly doubt that mainstream society would ever be as "accepting" of ABDL as other stuff. Most won't really care but there are a lot that would take issue with it especially if they got wind of the more.. less acceptable "ABDL"s. There are those that go too far and can be creepy. They give everyone a bad name, unfortunately only takes one bad apple to sour the basket.
For example, I stopped telling anyone I have Autism, let alone Asperger's.. it was that darned school shooter that ruined that.
ABDL is the sort of thing you only tell people close to you or other ABDL friends. If you think you can go walk outside in a baby costume with a paci in your mouth and a wet diaper on visibly without someone taking offence then that is a bit shortsighted, possibly dangerous. I know some do it but only in your secluded yard, for sure do not walk into Walmart acting like an "Adult Baby".
The more we can keep our padded secrets to only those with similar interests, the better. ABDLs have been in the media before, but most times its a bad portrayal. I've seen a few good portrayals of ABDLs but in general you'll only find that in a documentary and most vanilla people wouldn't watch that.
People are way more understanding of adult babies than Autistic people. This is also something that I have seen others with Autism say too, who are not adult babies. I'm not an adult baby technically either, as I don't wear diapers. Though I do have some childlike inclinations and leanings. I have experiences to back me and my claims up, as I have Classic Autism myself and function emotionally and socially at a 4 1/2 to 5 year old level. If you look on YouTube videos, comments left for adult baby videos are much nicer and kinder than comments left for Autistic people. I've been called the R word zillions of times, by so called "normal" people, it seems. Did you know Albert Einstein was called the R word by plenty of people, even his teachers? Some psychiatrists now surmise that Einstein may have had Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was one of smartest people who ever lived. If he was the R word, then what was everyone else, since he was the 2nd smartest man who ever lived?? Do you realize that most Autistic people are immediately called the R word no matter how smart they are?? I think being bullied has resulted in me getting to the point where I want to wear long-alls and T strap Mary Janes even more. Strangely, people don't seem to bully me if I wear that. Maybe they think they pushed me too far bullying me.
By the way, did you know that Albert Einstein wore Mary Jane strap shoes as an adult in 1932 (and maybe well beyond)? There are a quite a few photos on the internet floating around showing this, some taken by professional photographers back in the 1930s.