This is Scottasaurus, not my childhood stuffed animal but my ace friend got him for me this year. The trio of us are *noncommittal wiggly hand movement*
Anon said: Plushie story! Okay so when I was 6 or so, I got this brown cat plushie. Truly adorable. Never decided on it’s gender. Today Kitty is a she, tomorrow he is a very happy Kitty, and sometimes Kitty is just Kitty and doesn’t care what they are. (Bonus: now my sister has a black cat plushie and it’s either Pudding the girl kitty or Jess the boy kitty depending on the day)
Anon said: as a kid, I definitely thought my stuffed animals (and blankets haha) were guys. I referred to them as he/him, etc. but my parents and other kids my age thought it was weird, since I was a girl, after all. even to the point where the other kids wouldn’t let their animals play with mine. too bad I was a Total Rebel and preferred to play by myself anyways so I guess it all worked out
Mod Rose: Hey some people do gender blankets after all. Also wow your toys were just too punk lol
Anon said: That stuffed animal ask though. I never thought of mine (which I still have today at the age of 27 ahaha) as being either male or female. It was neither, and I always called it ‘it’ when I had to define it’s gender, although I thought that seemed a bit impersonal. But other people’s stuffed animals always seemed to have a gender, and I felt like mine just didn’t have or need one (and still feel that way today).
Rose: I have mine too at 27 and my dads. I can’t just get rid of them.
Lisasaegyo said: I have a a plushie in form of fox, he is dress like a sheep lmao he even have a hood with the sheep little ears you can put and take off. I always struggle with his pronouns, right now I see him as a he but… sometimes I call him she and it feels totally fine and right to call him that way. Like… I know it’s odd but to me it totally normal. Also his name is White Fox and I can’t sleep without him
Anon: I have a stuffed animal dog that used to change genders whenever I felt necessary. I could never decide which so it just changed randomly.
R: Tbh I bet this would be a good way to practice pronouns if you needed
Starshipcaptainjojo: My mother used to be quite alarmed that my Giraffe is male (I’m female.) She was shocked I wanted a male stuffed animal. As if I made that choice, amirite??? He just happens to be a dude. Like my car is a dude too. Just the other day she expressed surprise when I referred to Giraffe as 'him’. I’m 28 years old. He’s still male. So… guess I’m sleeping with a man every night :D
R: Oh my god lol that’s great
Anon said: If we’re still talking about stuffed animals, I had a huge dragon toy that I never gave a gender to because I didn’t like how I felt when I tried to call it either. I would always switch between pronouns because I didn’t know what else to call it.
Anon: this is sort of related to the gender/childhood toys discussion? when i was little i loved princess and romance movies, so most of the time when i played with barbies (often) i would make up romantic stories (which, uh, Messed Me Up when i realized i was aroace tbh). except i didnt have any “ken” dolls, so i would designate certain barbies to be boys, and just say that their boobs were “bruises on their chests”. it was only recently i realized id made them trans boys
R: I’m torn between hell yeah trans men and how we gender things is really interesting
Anon: I had a stuffed brontosaurus named Steve, and when my mom said “Oh, so he’s a boy dinosaur” I told her “Nope, Steve’s a dinosaur, they aren’t girls or boys”, and looking back I don’t know how tf I didn’t know I was agender. I also had a stuffed lion named Roary who was a girl, but king of the jungle
Anon: I have s stuffed tiger named Tiggy (pronounced tag-Ee). I am a girl, but I knew this stuffed tiger was a boy the first time I saw him. I don’t know why. When I was younger he was my best friend. I often imagined he was real. Everytime someone was mean to me he could yell, swear, and do other unladylike things. In a big way he was an extension of myself. He held my anger and rage. I don’t know how much gender played into that but it is interesting to think about.
R: this could be a kids book