I have seen a lot of threads on here about social issues around the world, from things like environmentalism, homosexuality, crossdressing and gender issues, copywrite law, international law and the impact of national laws on international trade.... So my question to you all is this: Can BJD be used or seen as a vehicle for instigating social change? Face it folks, we BJD people are a subcultural set that is little understood, but we come from all walks of life, and a LOT of cultural deviation happens on this board, one of the big reasons the debate section exists. Societal norms can vary not just internationally and culturally, but within the same town depending on where you live, where you went to school, who you are exposed to. In our hobby however there are a lot of subcultural, socially deviant (no I do not mean that in a negative way, i mean differing from the norm) and culturally challenging themes getting a lot of exposure. Given this can we consider BJD to be a vehicle for social change and cultural understanding? Do the people on the board get exposure to new concepts, take them out to their normal lives, and create a ripple effect that can lead to change within the larger culture? I believe we can instigate, promote and further social change for the better, just through expressing the understanding and tolerance we gain through exposure to new ideas on the boards. I guess I should add a couple of other questions to the mix in the name of fairness: If BJD can be considered a vehicle for social change do you feel this is a positive thing or does our hobby risk social assimilation? Is the cultural appropriation that happens in our hobby a positive thing? or do you feel it is insulting the way we absorb and adopt the cultures of others for our own use?