Cecilia gets published again on the Straits Times forum  page, Tuesday, 16 September 2008…

‘She would know she cannot bite, not because there are no teeth, but because it is unattractive.’

MS CECILIA NATHEN: ‘I refer to Friday’s article, ‘Sex up the image, Asean’. If Asean were a woman, then the generation she seeks to attract would be men.

A truly progressive woman would be intelligent enough to know that sexing herself up is not the right way to attract the right man. She would shun men holding shallow views that being more interesting means having more colour on the lips, cheeks and hair. She would be well aware that such men would only flirt in online forums and treat Facebook at face value.

Rebranding means relooking into how her inner qualities should be showcased rather than how her external facade should be spruced up. If Asean were a woman, she would focus her courtship only on those genuinely looking for a lady of substance. She would know that in effective courtship, she would need to communicate a lot and make careful decisions which can be time-consuming. But she cannot bite, not because there are no teeth, but because it is unattractive.’

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