What is “Age Play”?
In BDSM, age play involves role playing or pretending to be of a specific age. The player can pretend to be someone older or younger. Age play is classified as either d-type or s-type. D-type is when one of the players assume the role of a parental figure or someone akin to a caretaker. S-type, on the other hand, involves taking on a younger age ranging from infant age to adolescence.
Ageplay is a form of roleplaying when one or more players take on the assumed age, mindset, and behaviors. Age Play can be done sexually, non-sexually, and or included in a BDSM play. In fact, it lends itself to D/s dynamics and the roles the Doms and submissives play. Themes such as obedience and punishment are common in older/younger dynamics.
There is controversy regarding Age Play, and it’s spurious relation to pedophilia. However, the BDSM and fetish community at large rejects this assumption and is careful to distance itself from this and any connection to pedophilia.
Age-based roleplay can be cathartic for submissives wanting to regress their mind to a simpler time or place. This allows them to act in ways they may otherwise not be able to, in their daily life. For example, a Dom can perform or assert dominance over someone who they may not be able to control in their outside life.
Age Play has gained popularity over the years due to the explosion of interest in DDLG roleplay. Additionally, the rise of family-roleplay content in adult entertainment has helped spur this trend. Age play can include people of significantly different ages, and one’s biological age plays no bearing on the role they take on during a scene.
For example, an older person may decide to take on the role of a younger one during a scene. Their partner may simply act like a Dom over them or assume the role of someone older. Age play can also include people acting their current age but taking on the role or persona of someone else in that age group, i.e. younger students and older teachers.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Ageplay in BDSM can range from nonsexual to highly sexual.
- Nonsexual ageplay focuses more on improving the dynamics of power exchange between partners.
- It can serve as a practice for tops and a way for bottoms to be more open and fully expressive about their submissive nature.
- Activities that take place in ageplay include bratting, bottle feeding, corner time, diapering, and imprisoning.
- There are also props that include diapers, children’s toys, cribs, dresses and/or outfits with ruffles, and even baby food.
- Sexualized Age play can run the gamut from standard roleplay scenarios, family roles, or full BDSM disciplinary scenarios with the bottom acting like a much younger player.
- As long as age play does not cross over into any actual age-related illegal activity, there are no inherent risks attached.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Age play can touch many aspects of BDSM and fetish play. An older/younger dynamic is common in roleplay and D/s dynamics. DDlg refers to Daddy Dom/little girl, wherein a submissive femme takes on the role of a younger woman, and the Dom guides, disciplines, and imposes order over her. Many people fetishize older people of either or any gender, Daddy, Mommy, and mature fetishism is an extremely common paraphilic desire.