A week doesn’t seem to go by that I don’t hear about some jerk being mean to someone because of their differences. Some people are intolerant of another’s right to be themselves. It’s important to stand up for yourself and not let them get you down. You don’t have to be mean back, but let them know you won’t be pushed into feeling shame over something undeserving of shame. It happens in all walks of life, not just sexuality and fetishes. Be proud to be different and appreciate and be tolerant of other people’s differences as well. Just think about how boring life would be if we were all exactly the same.