Open this after you vote:
It’s valid if people don’t want to admit to it, and don’t want to discuss their sleeping arrangements in any capacity, but if you feel ashamed every night for sleeping with one, then this is for you:
You’re an adult. You define for yourself what that means. That how it works.
If you are a masculine person and feel like this contradicts your masculinity: Your masculinity should not be something that is so easily taken from you or invalidated. By choosing to ignore the convention, you are actually choosing the bold route.
If you are a feminine person, and feel like this contradicts your femininity (gosh, that is hard to spell), then same argument as above. That is not something people can take from you.
I sleep with a teddy bear. Why? Because the bear is purple and frankly adorable. Also, having something to hold while I sleep supports my shoulders, which prevents aches in the morning (woohoo the planet has allowed me to grow older!). Also, technically I could solve this by hugging a pillow at night, but I can’t give the pillow an adorable cartoon smile and a whimsical little suit vest, which honestly can ease my anxiety enough to get some actually sleep, even on my worse nights.
I’m not expecting people to do a “No, I’m Spartacus” or anything in response. But if it’s embarrassing for you, and you are reminded of it every time you go to bed, then you need to know that you are perfectly valid, and that working on unlearning the shame you’ve been carrying might even help you sleep better.
If you simply don’t want to sleep with a teddy bear, that’s also totally valid. Whatever goats your float, or however it’s said. You do you in fantastic manner.
Also, for anyone who might shame someone else over this: The world is basically on fire, and many of us get nightmare fuel every single day. Maybe get your priorities straight.
Also, shout out to @TheGrandRascal for keeping this anonymous. Good call.
(Didn’t want to influence anyone’s voting decision by posting this.)