Ageplay can be sexual or non-sexual. It may be mildly sexual, or very sexual.
Ageplay can enhance power dynamics, and allow a partner to feel more comfortable with their dominance or sumbmission. Oftentimes, sissification of boys is present, in order to add another level of power to the situation.
Sexual variations may include among other things such as incest play, in which individuals recreate and sexualize roles within a family, and Daddy's girl fetishism in which real or imagined age differences are the basis of the roleplaying and the female is portrayed as the younger partner.
Ageplay is not pedophilia or related to pedophilia by professional psychologists. Individuals who ageplay are not attracted to children, but instead enjoy portraying children, or enjoy child-like elements typical of children present in adults.
Sexual ageplay itself does not involve the sexual attraction to biologically underage people. Rather, when a consenting adult takes on the roleplaying mindset of a young person, it is motivated by re-experiencing emotional states and social interactions of one's youth, which also happen to be pleasurable in a sexual context to the participants.
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