Time to contribute to my potential votes for most detailed poster.
Nah, in all seriousness, I just felt some pretty powerful cute-like feelings recently and it got me thinking...so I'm just posting to see if anyone can relate at all.
I guess I'll start with this clip, because as silly as it is, it's what started all of these feelings.
YouTube - Lethbridge - The Kid and his Teddy Bear
It's basically a clip of one of those showman hypnosis guys hypnotizing a bunch of people in front of a crowd, and apparently he's gotten one kid on stage to feel really attached to a teddy bear and snuggle it.
And what's funny is...the more I thought about it, the more I felt that this would be one of the overall best feelings I could have by being put in that situation.
Here's why: I REALLY like the idea of feeling cute and someone else finding me cute for still having a teddy, for liking to snuggle it, for sleeping with it, etc. And it's even more exciting/enjoyable when I think about the idea of someone playfully teasing me about it...I think it's because it contributes to the lack of power in the situation, and makes me feel even more like a little kid...it contributes to the innocence of it. This is especially true if they know that I genuinely feel strongly for my teddy.
And that's what I loved about this silly little clip. Whether the kid was acting or not (that's irrelevant in this situation), what I love is the look of genuine affection he has for the teddy...and I really love hearing the audience laugh as well as the hypnosis guy playfully teasing him (he says things like "Aren't you a little old for a teddy bear?" "Would you like to keep him?" "I think he misses his teddy!" )
So that feeling...of being the innocent one, and having other people find it both funny and cute, is just an amazing feeling to me. But what's really great about it is that...it avoids the weirdness and general discomfort that other baby items bring about.
Take diapers for example. There would be so much more awkwardness if something like this happened with diapers. They're just nastier when used, they're more personal because being changed involves getting naked, and they're more associated with the helplessness of being an actual baby. There's also not that same emotional bond/cuddliness that there is with a teddy.
I mean, there would definitely be a neatness to the idea of having to wear a diaper, but there's no way to show that you ENJOY it without a huge sense of awkwardness/weirdness.
But with a teddy...there's just a certain purity to it, because it's just a cuddly kids toy, something that most people can somehow or another relate to enjoying, even if it's so juvenile.
I know a lot of AB's say "Well, I'm open about my plushies!" But come on...I highly doubt that vast majority of us would feel comfortable showing genuine love and affection to our plushies when our friends are around...certainly not to the degree that you can see on this kid's face.
But I guess I just feel like it would be totally amazing if I could do that and not have anyone I know view me any differently socially. To be able to feel cute and cuddly, and even face some very genuine, playful teasing, but still be respected in the same way as a person...that would be totally awesome.
I've actually scraped the surface with that a little bit in the past. I have shown a few female friends my teddy, and they usually find it quite cute that I have one. One said she even wanted to get a picture of me with my teddy, and not only did I let her take one, but a few weeks later I sent her a picture of me cuddling it and sucking my thumb (under the guise that I was "posing" for her since I thought she would find it funny/cute). Yeah, it was a little risky having that out there, but I trust her, and even though this was five years ago, I still trust that no one else has seen the pic.
But anyway...that's why I think it would be totally awesome to be in the same situation as this kid in the video (I'm not here to discuss the plausibility of these kind of hypnosis acts..I'm just kicking this around). It would be so awesome to be able to publicly cuddle and love a teddy, but at the same time be teased about it (not to mention be under the complete helplessness of hypnosis)....but at the same time have the amazing excuse that it was all fake and beyond my control. I would love to be able to see the tape of it, or to have friends laugh afterwards and joke about how funny I looked, but to still not have it affect my social standing at all...because they would think there was nothing to it at all.
Anyway, this was totally random and just on my mind...don't know what it'll mean to anyone, but it was just crazy to me how a silly, ridiculous little clip like this made me feel so much. I've gotten to the point where I feel like I can post this stuff on ADISC and know that it won't be weird, with the hopes that someone else will be able to relate.