Looking in the archives of the General Discussion page, I noticed a thread that had to do with people being stereotyped in this hobby due to their age. I have not seen someone ressurect this thread, so I' give it a shot, and even add to it to make it more debate-oriented. But if there is one, and I haven't seen it, please link it or delete it. We talk a lot about stereotypes, unfairness, and the challenges of being in such an uncommon hobby on DoA. 1) Do you think BJD owners are put into a stereotype? If so, describe it. 2) Be honest - do you think you fit the stereotype at all? Not at all? Why? 3) How do you think there came to be stereotypes in the BJD hobby? For my part, I think we're put into a kind of stereotype. My dad is having difficulty seeing that these aren't dolls you can just toss around or something, and I plan to be careful with mine. He's one of those people who thinks a doll is either a toy, or something kept on a shelf forever. And I think this is what most people tend to think when they see someone, or a couple of people sitting around with a bunch of dolls. And I also think, since the hobby began, owners have sort of carved out their own stereotype. I think, because these dolls are made in Asian countries, a lot of doll owners are into anime, manga, and anything culturally found in Asia. So, I think that a lot of non-anime viewers, for example, may feel left out because they see the ABJD hobby as sort of an extension of that. I have to say that I fit the stereotype to a degree. I like anime and manga, not very much into Jpop or Asian groups, but I do like some.