It wasn’t until I was preparing for squares that I noticed it. Slide the arrow and take a closer look. Now slide again, notice anything?

Both hands are the same. When I first saw them I decided they were left handed, but Tom highlighted I was having a moment and of course they are both right handed. An example of how generally everything is seen and created from a right handed perspective. So are all hands like this? I had another look in my Portuguese album, and happily I found some left handed ones.

Our world around us though is generally created for those in power or in majority, with little or no consideration to different perspectives [With the exception of a left handed Bishop who defeated a dragon (more here)].

In our lifetime children were being told off for writing with their left hands or even worse had their knuckles rapped or left arms tied behind their backs so they had to write with their right hands. Even today it seems there are teachers who do not know how to advise left-handers to write, or see left-handedness as an issue. The methodology is different if they are to avoid poor posture or smudging their work in a western world which insists we write left to right. Why can’t left-handers write right to left? If that seems a ridiculous thought to you, then;

Imagine a world, right handers, where all of your scissors were made for the comfort of left-handers.

Dr deborah Thorpe, university of york
History extra, August 2017: A History of Left handed writing

115 thoughts

  1. One of our daughters is left handed. A while ago we came across a shop called Lefties, which was full of items designed for use by left handers. I sent her a message and asked if she wanted anything. The request that came back was for a can opener, which we duly purchased. She loves it.

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  2. That slider feature in your square is very cool. I have yet to dive into the block editing, which is probably where I’d find it. The right hand door knockers are definitely unique though.

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    1. Yes it is in block editor . . .do recommend diving in. It takes quite a while to get your head around the new editing tool, and really frustrating at times at the start, but after a few weeks it is evident how much better it is.

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