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Diaper fetishism, or diaperism, is a paraphilia in which a person feels a strong desire to wear or use diapers, usually without physiological necessity. It is differentiated from infantilism in that those of the latter category are also focused with returning to babyhood in ways other than by wearing diapers. The popular term for diaper fetishists is "diaper lover." Diaper fetishism is a type of sexual fetishism, which is one of many paraphilias .
As of 2009[update], little analysis of this paraphilia has been reported in medical literature
Diapers in paraphilias
Diapers are often utilized by a wide range of paraphilias.
Diaper fetishes are often associated with paraphilic infantilism
. Similarly, diaper lovers (DLs for short) are often associated with the adult babies (ABs). While there is some commonality, they are not identical. The majority of diaper lovers do not engage in any kind of babyish activities and only solely are interested in diapers. However, about four in ten diaper lovers also consider themselves adult babies, 
so they are sometimes collectively referred to as AB/DLs. 
These desires are not related to pedophilia
in any way. 
Inside the AB/DL communities, a sharp distinction is observed. Most of these communities will actively expel child molesters
Some rubber and plastic fetishists have an affinity for diapers and rubber pants
. In this case of disposable diapers, this attraction would be to their crinkly plastic backing. In the case of cloth diapers, it would be towards the latex
of the pants worn over them.
Diapers are sometimes used during prolonged bondage
sessions, not only as a method to control and shame
the submissive partner
, but also to allow longer periods of bondage. 
In Total Power Exchange
, diapers are sometimes utilized for the dependency they represent of the wearer on their master to be checked and changed.
is a fetish subculture
recognized predominantly in Japan, in which participants experience arousal from having a full bladder or a sexual attraction to someone else experiencing the feeling of a full bladder. For such fetishists, climax usually coincides with the moment of relief and embarrassment experienced when the desperate individual loses bladder control. Some subsets of omorashi fandom
utilize diapers, in which case it is referred to as "omorashi omutsu," or less commonly called "omorashi oshime," both of which translate as "to wet oneself in a diaper."
Preferences in diaper fetishism
Like many fetishes, personal preference plays a large role in which communities the fetishist will identify with. In diaper fetishism, one of the primary divisions of preference is whether or not the diapers are used for their intended purpose, and if so, to what degree.
Many diaper lovers gain arousal from "wetting" or urinating
in their diapers. A smaller number 
gain the same arousal from using the diaper to "mess" or defecate
. Some fetishists do not use their diapers at all.
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- ^ Malitz S, (1966). Another report on the wearing of diapers and rubber pants by an adult male. Am J Psychiatry 122:1435–1437
- ^ Thomas John Speaker, Psychosexual Infantilism in Adults: The Eroticization of Regression. Columbia Pacific University. pg 83. Available from: DPF, Sausalito, CA 94965.
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- ^ Gilstrap, P. (1999, March 7-11). The Diapers They Are a-Changin'. The New Times Los Angeles. Available from DPF and the website of the interviewee, Mike A.
- ^ Arizona Power Exchange News, April 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4 
- ^ Thomas John Speaker, Psychosexual Infantilism in Adults: The Eroticization of Regression. Columbia Pacific University. pg 81. Available from: DPF, Sausalito, CA 94965.