So even though most of us don't share our *B/DLism with most people we know (for good reason), I've found that plushies fall into a kind of middle ground category. After all, tons of non *B/DL's still have plushies, and some even still sleep with them. So you could certainly make your plushies public and not give away your *B/DLness.
So I'm curious...how open are you about your plushies? Does anyone who comes into your room know about them, or do you keep them hidden?
Also, for those that are open about them...what are people's usual responses? Do they not say anything, make a small comment the first time and not bring it up again, or do they like to ask you about them? Have you ever been asked if you sleep with your plushies, and how do you respond?
I've gotten a lot more open about my teddy the last few years...mainly because it just feels so good to tell people about him. The best is when I get to tell female friends and they find it so cute that I still have a teddy...and they like to ask if he has a name and find it even more cute when I tell them that he does. They usually don't ask if I sleep with him, though.
But I've told my best male friend too, and sometimes I even cuddle my teddy when he comes over...my friend finds it a little weird, but usually doesn't say anything.
I even left my teddy out when my mom came to visit me one time, and she laughed a little and asked "What's that bear doing in your bed?"
So I find it interesting, especially for us guys. Having a plushie isn't really weird like being an AB, but it is a bit of a quirk to most people, albeit a cute one. So I like to hear what people's reactions to plushies have been.