Are you left-handed? Did you experience the teacher’s and societies wrath as you were growing up? (let us know your experiences in the comments section below)
Whilst we all know that in the ‘olden’ day’s left-handedness was discouraged but are we really aware as to the extent it was ‘discouraged’?
Right up to the 1970s educational institutions were engrained with discrimination and intolerance. There are many stories of brutal attempts to impose conformity and ‘normality’ upon left-handed children. Techniques such as tying the left hand behind the chair and full on corporal punishment for daring to do what came naturally to approx 10% of the population. There was the psychological torment as well, from being accused of being abnormal and in league with the devil to being accused, strangely, of being a communist!
Many Soviet bloc countries maintained strict policies against ‘lefties’ right up until the 1970s. Italy, Spain, Yugoslavia and certain Soviet bloc countries all made right-handed writing compulsory in all educational establishments. Albania went as far as to decree left-handedness a crime punishable by law.
Whilst attitudes and approaches have changed over time there can still be detected a subtle and perhaps truly sincere desire to persuade ‘lefties’ to switch, as it would make their lives so much easier in this predominantly right-handed world.
Are you left-handed? We’d love to know your story growing up in the comments section below.
Famous Left-handed People
Leonardo Da Vinci
Robert De Niro
Jack The Ripper