Ageplay: From Diapers to Diplomas: by Paul Ruloff
Review by: Darbie Grim
Ageplay can be a very taboo subject, for those who do not completely understand it. Luckily, for those people, and experienced age players, there is Ageplay: From Diapers to Diplomas, by Paul Ruloff. The range of topics is immense from roles that age players identify with, to reasons that people engage in and enjoy these types of play, as well as descriptions of actual encounters. It also offers information on how to set up and engage in play.
The identification and explanation of the multiple spectrums reveals that ageplay is exponentially limitless. Interviewee statements in the book discussing their own ageplay experiences are profound, and encouraging. This book addresses the emotions and headspace attached to ageplay, and the depth of styles of play a player can employ. It delves into concepts that go beyond “this is ageplay and this is how you do it.” It goes past that with a history of the fetish, a glossary, and numerous scene suggestions. It has the ability to expand one’s mind, introduce new concepts, and even give many great scene ideas! His book is candid, revealing, and relevant.
My only issue with this book is that I feel like it does not address the negative connotations that this fetish receives because of people mistaking the desire to ageplay with the desire to engage in pedophilia. I feel like this should be addressed in more detail. Desire to engage in this specific fetish does NOT make one interested in pedophilia. Pointing out the difference between pedophilia and ageplay would have made the difference in this being a great book versus just being a good book. Sadly, the book doesn’t seem to take the next step and deal with some difficult or dangerous topics in sufficient detail. There is a section on roles that starts out with an example: “You get the cookies after you get into the van’ said the old man with the crooked smile.” In another section, the author makes sure to point out that as in rape play, ageplay fetishes occurs between consenting adults.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to avid ageplayers, those curious about ageplay, and also those seeking to understand those in their life that enjoy engaging this type of fetish. It is well-written, and covers a large portion of this lifestyle choice.