Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Left or Right Handed?

Stephanie

This absolute doll of a little girl is Abby. She is the daughter of one of my fellow Banana Factory artists, Angie Snyder-Lande who also happened to take this picture. Abby is always being encouraged by her Mom to paint and draw and I can’t imagine a better way to grow up than being surrounded by art and creativity in general. I noticed in this picture that Abby is holding the pencil in her left hand, so I’m only guessing she’s a lefty. When I was her age in the early 70’s, children were discouraged from writing with their left and were often forced to use their right as their dominant hand. As I started to dig around the internet trying to find out why this happened, I came across this article On the Left Hand, There Are No Easy Answers on the New York Times website which states:

“Over the centuries, left-handers have been accused of criminality and dealings with the devil, and children have been subjected to “re-education.” In recent years the stigma has largely vanished; among other things, four of our last seven presidents — Ford, the elder Bush, Clinton, Obama — have been left-handed.”

Are you a lefty? Were you ever taught to use your right hand? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Oh, and check out this article on left-handed fountain pen writers and see what type of a writer you are.

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20 thoughts on “Left or Right Handed?

  1. I’m very left-handed and I like using a fountain pen because it forces me to slow up and pay attention to my handwriting (which is scruffy). Back in 1970 when I was in reception class (first grade) there was a policy of forcing children to write with their right hand. When my mother found out about this she went up to the school and went ballistic in the Headmaster’s office. (I could hear her along the corridor.) As a consequence, I was never ‘corrected’ and for that I’m deeply grateful to her. A friend of mine was ‘corrected’ and spent years overcoming a speech impediment. Related? Maybe. Either way, I’m glad all of that nonsense has been stopped.

    Thanks Mum: You’ve no idea the trouble you saved me.

  2. I’m very left-handed and I like using a fountain pen because it forces me to slow up and pay attention to my handwriting (which is scruffy). Back in 1970 when I was in reception class (first grade) there was a policy of forcing children to write with their right hand. When my mother found out about this she went up to the school and went ballistic in the Headmaster’s office. (I could hear her along the corridor.) As a consequence, I was never ‘corrected’ and for that I’m deeply grateful to her. A friend of mine was ‘corrected’ and spent years overcoming a speech impediment. Related? Maybe. Either way, I’m glad all of that nonsense has been stopped.

    Thanks Mum: You’ve no idea the trouble you saved me.

  3. I also am an underwriter when writing with my correct i.e. left hand but an overwriter when I have to use my right hand.

  4. I also am an underwriter when writing with my correct i.e. left hand but an overwriter when I have to use my right hand.

  5. Left handed, taught to write right handed in Catholic elementary school in the early 1960s but reverted to my natural hand over time. I’m actually quite good at writing with my right hand even though it never stops feeling weird and it has come in handy when I’ve had my left hand in a sling due to various injuries, infected cuts, broken bones, sprains, etc. which added up to well over a years time in the last thirty or so.

  6. Left handed, taught to write right handed in Catholic elementary school in the early 1960s but reverted to my natural hand over time. I’m actually quite good at writing with my right hand even though it never stops feeling weird and it has come in handy when I’ve had my left hand in a sling due to various injuries, infected cuts, broken bones, sprains, etc. which added up to well over a years time in the last thirty or so.

  7. I am a left-handed person but right-hand dominant. Simply a mixed handed. I often use my left-hand for using writing instruments and my right hand for others. For example, I write with a pencil on my left hand and I erase with my right hand. With some other activities such as sports, I also use my right hand. But with using utensils, the spoon and the glass is on my left side. In my batch/class, among 100, I am the only female left-handed.

    Discrimination against left-handed exists even in this generation. My younger cousin, who is naturally left-handed, was forced by her parents to use her right hand for writing. In my school too, all chairs are for right handed. Lefties must learn to adjust with it.

    I just noticed that female left-handed people are becoming common nowadays? Anyone notice that?

  8. I am a left-handed person but right-hand dominant. Simply a mixed handed. I often use my left-hand for using writing instruments and my right hand for others. For example, I write with a pencil on my left hand and I erase with my right hand. With some other activities such as sports, I also use my right hand. But with using utensils, the spoon and the glass is on my left side. In my batch/class, among 100, I am the only female left-handed.

    Discrimination against left-handed exists even in this generation. My younger cousin, who is naturally left-handed, was forced by her parents to use her right hand for writing. In my school too, all chairs are for right handed. Lefties must learn to adjust with it.

    I just noticed that female left-handed people are becoming common nowadays? Anyone notice that?

  9. I started off as a left handed overwriter but at some point as an adult, I thought I would convert to an underwriter. Now years later, I find that I sometimes have trouble writing in the underwriter position, with a touch of dystonia, and arthritis. There is pain in my first thumb join. I how find myself moving back to curving my hand over the pen when the pain is present.

    There is a great article on John Mottishaw’s site discussing lefties and that they generally can find more than one way to hold a pen.

  10. I started off as a left handed overwriter but at some point as an adult, I thought I would convert to an underwriter. Now years later, I find that I sometimes have trouble writing in the underwriter position, with a touch of dystonia, and arthritis. There is pain in my first thumb join. I how find myself moving back to curving my hand over the pen when the pain is present.

    There is a great article on John Mottishaw’s site discussing lefties and that they generally can find more than one way to hold a pen.

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