I’m not very girly but I have a fondness for Winnie-the-Pooh. That’s it. I said it. There are more embarrassing things in life, right?
When I was a kid in France, I remember Winnie-the-Pooh (or rather “Winnie l’ourson” en français) being popular. I think I even had a vinyl record of tales with Winnie characters that my parents played on the phonograph. Yes, vinyl record. France wasn’t very modern in the 1980s.
I totally forgot about Winnie until I visited China for the first time in 1999. A lot of Asian are fond of 可爱 (pronounces “Kě’ài”, meaning “cute”) merchandises and products, typically featuring Hello Kitty, Tarepanda, Rilakkuma and yes, Winnie-the-Pooh. For a few yuan, I bought Winnie pencils, notebooks, mirrors etc. And I rediscovered my girlie side.
I have a few Winnie stuffed animals and I don’t discriminate—I like Piglet and Tigger just as much.