God I really wish carrying stuffed animals around with you was socially acceptable
I don’t mean to take over a post, but I actually did a project on this for my sociology of deviance class in college!
I carried a large stuffed rabbit whenever I went in public for about a week to observe the reaction of others. The point of the project was to do something harmless yet unusual to see if the action would be considered deviant, in which case someone had to try to correct or shame the behavior.
Long story short, nobody tried to correct my behavior. I was asked about it casually, had a few lingering stares thrown my way and when I was with my boyfriend, shop employees would direct questions to him instead of me. However, nobody refused to assist me when I was alone in a store, nobody said anything about the rabbit besides “oh, thats a cute bunny!” and I attended college classes without even a teacher questioning it.
In conclusion, it is socially acceptable to carry a stuffed animal, its just not a societal norm. ^^
My friend gave me a stuffed monkey plushy when I was struggling with uni, and I took him everywhere for like four years, usually velcrod to my backpack. No one said a damn thing, except my renaissance professor who saw it one day in the hallway and cracked the fuck up because I had a literal monkey on my back and he just looked at me like, “oh god, me too”. I used to leave him on desks during classes and exams (the monkey, not my prof). It was my reminder that someone cared if I was coping. But more than that it was soothing to have something to fidget with that wasn’t a pen. I used to ping those fucking things across the room I was so agitated. Harder to hurt people with a projectile stuffed monkey.
I got what I thought was a normal screen cleaning kit for my computer while I was in college. Much to my delight, instead of a little washcloth or whatever, the kit came with a tiny stuffed pig.
So I carried this pig in my backpack all through college, periodically taking it out, spraying my screen, and using the pig to wipe it off.
Now, I kept the pig in the side pocket of my bag where he was completely visible.
Then one day in screenwriting class I pulled him out to wipe my screen.
One of the guys sitting next to me looked appalled. “You’re wiping it off with your little stuffed animal??”
I explained what the pig was.
Turns out, the guy had noticed it and just thought it was adorable I carried a stuffed animal with me every day. He’d never mentioned it before.
Honestly, people do not care, and will not say anything. No matter the reason for your little stuffed animal friend.
And if you’re still really nervous about it keep a stuffed animal keychain on your bag. I have a cute little frog that stays on my backpack so when work gets stressful I can squeeze it.
For my anxious followers.
Confirmed. I take my Venom tsum tsum to uni when I need a little mental boost. The little goo always brings me good luck and overall makes my day just a tiny bit better. I haven’t received a single comment about them so far.
Bring your stuffed buddies to class/work/whatever, guys. People don’t care.
I have a couple of Ikea sharks* and have had cause to periodically carry them around in public - one of which I bought with the last $15 I had at the time, after making a series of big life changes. “This is frivolous and I don’t have to care about that because I’m getting paid shortly—I’m going to do it!”
The reactions I get range from amusement through delight and “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT” but so far, never disapproval.
The moral of the story is Carry Your Emotional Support Plushie With Pride, You Deserve It.
*pictured: not my shark
true story: I once had an appallingly awful day at the hell job and it coincided with my giant squishy Baymax being delivered from China, and no lie I hugged on that Baymax to keep from crying until it was time to leave
I travel with DC (”Don’t Care”) the Emotional Support Honey Badger. I go through TSA with him attached to my backpack, I hug him when I sleep in transit, I prop him next to me in cafes in cities, towns, and rural areas. The only time anyone’s ever so much as raised an eyebrow at me was the TSA agent who recognized what he was, and asked it he could get his picture taken with him.
People don’t judge. Kids think you’re awesome. You get a companion who never judges you. It’s all win.
I know probably everyone has seen this post already, but its too good not to reblog.
Don’t be afraid to carry your comfort items around with you! :D I take some of my stuffed friends to work sometimes, and no one ever bats an eye at them!
*looks at my pink teddy bear I named Ruby* you’re coming to college with me and that’s not a choice
This post made me cry bcuz sometimes i feel bad for having stuffed animals/plushies
i needed this a lot
I carried a soft toy to school with me every single day until senior school and no one ever batted an eye or mentioned it at all (except one day at my church of England primary school, my headmaster approached to ask if he could use my teddy - that day, a panda - in morning assembly to represent baby Jesus; it was the first and last time anyone so much as acknowledged it).
And now, at almost thirty years old, I still cuddle a soft toy when I sleep and my other half is totally cool with it, because I just can’t sleep without one.
I’ve been thinking about this lately because of Jamie Knight (above) one of my favourite autism bloggers (and co-host of the BBC’s podcast, 1800 Seconds On Autism). Jamie has often talked about Lion, who he brings with him everywhere, to the extent that introductions tend to refer to “Jamie + Lion”. There’s a really nice BBC article about them, and other autistic people who are often accompanied by soft toys, here, and Jamie also writes about Lion on his blog. When I came across Jamie + Lion, it kind of unlocked something in my brain about the fact that we can just… do the thing we want to do. Just try it, and see how people react, and see what it unlocks for us.