Ageplay (also spelled age play) is a form of roleplay in which a person plays a character of whose age is significantly different from the actor's real age, and in which the difference in age is a significant feature of the roleplay. This can include situations where a person plays the role of a person older than their real age, but most often, ageplay is used for situations where a person plays the role of one much younger than themselves, particularly where an adult plays the role of a child.
While erotic ageplay as a foreplay is considered part of "mainstream" sexuality, longer and more serious forms are considered "kinky". Those forms can involve a long-term ageplay relationship between partners.
Ageplay is popular in the spankophile community and in BDSM where the submissive plays a person younger than they are. Ageplay can also be a fetish. Ageplayers who like spanking will find easy acceptance among the spanko community, while those who live a more D/s kind of relationship will feel more part of the BDSM community. Other ageplayers tend to see themselves as different from other subcultures, forming their own subculture. Many ageplayers play asexually, where the headspace is all they want and there is little or no sexual activity.
A general medical term for fantasies or practices involving childhood activities such as toilet training, playing with children's toys such as dolls, and breastfeeding is anaclitism. (more...)
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