Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Teddy vs doll

Is a teddy a doll or vice versa?

A teddy is subset of doll.
A doll is a subset of teddy.
Dolls and teddies are the same thing.
Dolls and (stuffed) teddies are non-overlapping categories.
It's a "teddy bear", not a "teddy".
Other, to be explained in the comments.

Apropos of a conversation with C this evening.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 6th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
clarification: i think dolls and teddies are the same thing but non-overlapping categories.

M thinks they are non-overlapping categories and it's "teddy bear" not "teddy".
Oct. 6th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Stuffed animals are related to dolls but are not dolls. Teddy bears are a subset of stuffed animals - definitely Alphas.

Andy Pandy's Teddy is an Uncle Tom, however.
Oct. 7th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
Look up 'teddy' - if I hear the words 'stuffed teddy' I have an interesting picture involving underwear. 'Teddy bear' stops any such thoughts dead.

Dolls and Teddy Bears are different categories to me, probably because I hated dolls as a kid but loved my stuffed toys.
Oct. 7th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
Teddy Bears were invented as an alternative to dolls which would be more suitable for young boys! They were named after the then king Edward.
Oct. 7th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Teddies represent animals, usually anthropomorphic, and have to be made of soft materials. Dolls represent humans and humanoids, and can be made of hard or soft materials.

I could conceive of a hybrid: it would have to be soft (to fit the teddy criteria) and represent an alien or mythological creature that had both human and non-human characteristics, but I'm not sure I've ever seen such a thing.

I could see the argument for e.g. a My Little Pony being a doll, because it's sort of in the same category of things, and clearly not a teddy because not soft, but I wouldn't refer to it in that way.
Oct. 7th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Teddies are only bears. Other animals are 'stuffed', 'soft toys' or 'plushies'. Dolls are vaguely human and freak me out. I used to tie them up and stick them under the bed and use them as the human sacrifice at stuffed animal tea parties.

Edited at 2013-10-07 12:06 pm (UTC)
Oct. 7th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know why "stuffed animals" (the parent category of teddy bears) aren't dolls, but they're not.

This is not to say that you can't have a doll of a cat, but it's a different sort of thing. Or at least, I can conceive of its existence? But it'd have to be a pretty strange thing. (Or an accessory for a pre-determined doll.)

Man, I feel like the jurists who decided that X-Men figurines were not dolls but action figures (and did not depict humans).

Heh, linguistics is fun.
Oct. 7th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Teddies are women's lingerie. The thought of babies playing with teddies is...an interesting image, one that I want to wash out of my brain.

But, teddy bears can walk and talk and interact with dolls, so I think of them as a doll subset.
Oct. 8th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Dolls are a genre and teddy bears, along with other stuffed animals, are types of dolls. A baby doll is a doll that resembles a human baby or child.
( 9 comments — Leave a comment )