Some individuals will treat the bear like an imaginary buddy, speaking and getting together with it, “feeding” it or imbuing it with character faculties and complex psychological emotions. Other people will gather plenty of bears, treat their filled pets just as if they’re supernaturally alive or delight in destroying them.
If all this work appears oddly familiar, it might be because teddy bear-lovers will also be referred to as “plushies” or plushophiliacs, individuals who have a love of stuffed animals. Plushophilia is itself just like asagalmatophilia (a love of statues, dolls and mannequins), one thing we’ve written about in past times.
But don’t confuse plushies with furries (anyone who has an attraction to individuals in animal mascot costumes or erotic drawings of anthropomorphized animals); a 1998 survey of 360 self-identified furries unearthed that significantly less than one per cent defined as plushies, though a 2008 study put that portion nearer to 7%. Continue reading