Welsh dragon penis petition crosses 1,000 supporters – but fewer than half are from within Wales
A petition to give the Welsh dragon a penis has crossed 1,000 signatures – but fewer than half of them are from within Wales.
1,014 people have signed the petition so far, far in excess of the 50 needed to ensure the Petitions Committee consider the matter but well short of the 10,000 needed to secure an automatic debate in the Senedd.
But only 472 of the total are from Wales, suggesting that many of the signatures have come from abroad after the petition was given attention in the international media. 291 had come from England and 32 from Australia.
The Senedd petition website allows anyone to sign the petition and adds their numbers to the overall tally, but also asks for a postcode or country.
Within Wales, there was support from Ceredigion, with 25 signatures, Cardiff South and Penarth with 26 and Cardiff Central with 28.
The petition was created by Rhŷn Williams, an artist and Welsh researcher from Tudweilog and who now lives Pwllheli, who said that the dragon used to be depicted as male on Welsh families’ coats of arms.
“Within symbology, an erect penis depicts fertility and strength, when applied to a royal insignia, it’s even more important because in order to show a leader’s capability in sustaining a kingdom, this has to be conveyed via simple imagery,” the petition states.
“Thus when the dragon is erect, it portrays dominance and leadership, but when the penis is missing, this portrays the creature (the nation) as dominated, weak and fragile.
“When the Royal Mint depict our dragon, they recognise that he has a penis, but for some reason, our government does not, and although some may find the topic amusing, this imagery is important if we are to carry on flying it for centuries to come.”
‘Add a penis’
Mr Williams posted a link to the petition on his Facebook page saying that dragon had been “turned into an eunuch”
“It could be down to obscenity, it could be down to forgetting to include it, or it could be down to politics, where those responsible for producing the flags removed it to symbolise Wales’ role within the British kingdom.
“This confusion has bewildered many artists, poets, songwriters and authors alike for centuries by mistaking his sex.
“But what we do know is that the penis is still being added via royal imagery so this should convince the Welsh government to add a penis to our flag?”
The petition will finally close on 29 January.