designed for a fiery friend - maybe you know someone similar?

It is well-known that if a man is assertive, he is seen as powerful, but if a woman is assertive she is characterised as a bwitch.  It seems that despite centuries of progress, deep down there is this little seed of fear planted in all men that wishes for a good burning at the stake now and again.

I want my daughters to read Celia Rees‘s book Witch Child, which chronicles the life of a girl in the 17th Century. The life that women were forced to lead then was appaling, as was the suspicion they lived under all the time. Not so different from the women and children who are trapped in lives not of their choosing right now in the 21st Century.

Abuse of women and children is so common in South Africa, that we have a major campaign against it every year. I am not sure that it is making any difference, but hope that it will in the long run. It might just be up to the women out there to take charge of their lives and make a change. So I say – get in touch with your inner dragon and be prepared to singe a few people along the way. You are welcome to borrow the phrase on the mug – “Would you like to be well done or extra crispy?”.

Being a dragon
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4 thoughts on “Being a dragon

  • August 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm
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    Aaah Hah!! I have the priviledge of owning one of these mugs (no not the one on my face) the one designed by a very good, talented friend of mine. I really relish the phrase “Would you like to be well done or extra crispy?” as when I feel in the need to “burn” people, I fill my mug…the one with the immortal words…extra crispy? with boiling water and a slice of lemon. It gives me a sense of peace to know that if I blow really, really hard that dragon will come to life and singe the idiots err..rare end!!

    P.S. forgive the bad puntuation and spelling!!

    • August 15, 2011 at 8:10 am
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      I have seen you in action – extra crispy is definitely what they’ll get if they poke the dragon in you! I can even hear you saying it, which is why that mug was given to you!

      • August 17, 2011 at 8:44 am
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        In my defence I love dragons. Have you seen the movie “How to train your dragon”? If you love illustration, you will love this movie.

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