The reason I was asking was I sorta got into an arguement over this. My mom had asked if I wanted a new backpack just in case (since my one from last year is fine) and I saw this black one w/ a dragon on it. I couldn't get it b/c it "looked like a boy's backpack." So I suppose she is right....b/c dragons are more masculine. But I dun think it should matter w/ a backpack. sry I had to ask. ^^ lol guess I need to rant a bit ^^
if its about the backpack- id say certainly! go for it since its (somehow) more about boys...
i only know about the chinese dragon: it was also the symbol of the male (!) emperor whereas the phoenix was the symbol of the empress...apart from that i think the dragon was the "strongest" year-sign in the chinese astrological sys.--
also- asian dragons (japanese ryuu 窶板ｳ) are associated w the elements of air and water- they dwell in the sky or in the deep ocean to soar up on a rainy day. they paly w lightning and breathe thunder! so: go for that backpack, my friend!