Alright I don't know about all of you out there, but doll owning hasn't been the most comfortable thing for me growing up. I'm a guy and I like dolls; however, I'm extremely picky about the dolls I go near. Growing up I had about 4-6 dolls in total, all before the BJD scene came along. I know that I enjoyed playing with them, styling their hair and getting new stuff for them, and I was never one to go outta my way to do anything that would cause any attention. Whenever I got strange looks from the people at the check out counters I would simply tell them it was for a sibling or a cousin, and I always made sure that these trips were extremely far apart from each other so that my motives were never in question. I wasn't comfortable with people knowing about any of the dolls I had especially after the ridicule my own mother gave me after my first one, which mind you she threw out less than a year later in a misguided attempt to keep me from being "strange." They also threw out the others as they discovered them... ((this were all over a course of several years)). These kinds of actions and the way I was treated when they found out about them, caused me great apprehension about even letting people know about my like of dolls. Sorry about the lengthy post. My questions to all of you guys out there are: 1-Did you grow up liking dolls or did you only recently start to like them when you learned of the BJDs? 2-Were/are you apprehensive about allowing people other than other BJD admirers see your dolls? 3-In what ways do you try to deal with this?