I often reference Mako Allen – blogger, podcaster, author, ABDLer, friend, confidante and more – in my postings. He has always struck me as an individual who can see concepts without necessarily needing to be specific about anything.
Mind you, he certainly can and does get specific about things – along with Spacey in The Big Little Podcasts. But in conversations with him on the phone, when I’ve met him at munches and conventions and weekend festivals, when we email each other and when we text, I have always been amazed by his ability to be all-encompassing. And as their podcast motto states: It’s a show by, about and for age players of all kinds.
That mentality has probably been the one thing about ABDL and age play that has intrigued me the most. I remember once Mako spoke of the Catholic Schoolgirl idea and how, for whatever reason, it seemed to be something that could be added to practically any other fetish/interest/dynamic/whatever you would like to call it.
Do you see what I just wrote there? I typed ABDL and age play. Then I gave three different words as options of what to call the less-than-vanilla lifestyles.
And hence, the idea … flavors of ice cream.
There’s a local dairy store in the southern end of Lancaster County that I used to go into all the time when I was younger. It was a half mile from the high school and after soccer practices, I always went there and got a double scoop of their homemade ice cream. There were a bazillion flavors to choose from but I always chose the bubble gum ice cream. It had chunks of bubble gum in it that served as an added bonus when the ice cream was gone.
But the point of this posting isn’t to talk about Mako or bubble gum. Those were just good starters.
The real point is to say that, even if you don’t like bubble gum-flavored ice cream, it’s still ice cream … isn’t it? Even if you don’t like conventions that welcome all different types of ABDLers, they’re still ABDLers … aren’t they? Even if you don’t like the dark and butt-whoopin’ age play mentality or even if you don’t like the pure-n-innocent mentality, they’re still both ABDL mentalities … aren’t they?
Whether ABDL stands for Adult Baby Diaper Lover or if it stands for Ass Beating Diaper Lover, they’re both still ABDL.
Whether you call it an ABDL community or cluster or friend circuit or Borg collective, it’s still the assemblence of ABDLers and age players … isn’t it? When we momentarily view the differences, we begin to see the commonalities, don’t we?
And it’s really neat to see that everyone enjoys their own flavor, while still being able to call it ABDL … or age play! LOL
But the other thought that comes to my mind is how, much like the Catholic Schoolgirl, ABDL (or age play) can go well with practically any other interest.
Furries have babyfurs.
BDSM certainly mixes well with the age play – as a great number of ABDLers have not only embraced a second 4-letter interest but have even converted into it a good bit.
It’s sort of like the O-Negative blood type being able to mix well with all the others. And from an ABDL author’s standpoint, it makes for quite a few different themes and story lines, from dark to sexual to romantic to MedFet to pure-n-innocent and more.
The flavors of ice cream are plentiful, but it’s all still ice cream. And even with gatherings, from CAPCon to TeddyCon to Camp Crucible to Abdulia to so many others, there’s variety galore.
So it seems the all-encompassing approach is the one that often appeals to everyone. And the reason is very simple: It’s the approach that includes everyone … each with their own flavor of ice cream.
And how sweet it is.
This particular flavor of ice cream is called squid ink. It’s apparently quite popular in Japan.