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ID 301 Academic Presentation: Being a Left-hander

Being a left handed person in a right handed world.
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Mariel P.

on 27 November 2010

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Transcript of ID 301 Academic Presentation: Being a Left-hander

Left-handers I probably am the only left handed person in the classroom.
People who think it is cool to be a lefty but also people who think we have something wrong in our brains.
I constantly have to face problems in my daily life activities and I have to learn, devise and think strategies to solve them. I would like to share with you how is to live in a world where almost everything is in the opposite side. Minority Studies made by several prestigious universities like the University of Indiana and the University of Oxford suggest between 70% and 90% of the population is right handed, so between 10% and 20% of the population has a preference for left over the right hand for everyday manual activities, including writing.
They have found that there are about 10% more male left handers than female left handers. They found also that in many families it seems to be genetic. In July 2007, the BBC reported that a gene (LRRTM1) for increasing the odds for left-handedness had been found by an Oxford University team. Prejudices and discrimination As every single minority group in the society, left handers suffer a little bit of misunderstanding and discrimination In the form of daily life objects...

“Being left-handed... gives me a razor-thin view of what it's like to be a minority. As a left-hander, I'm discriminated against all the time. Not for serious things: I am not denied housing, medical care, a job, a seat on the bus. But I experience anti-lefty bias in the form of school desks that are unusable, carrot peelers that are useless, power tools (such as skill saws) that are dangerous or even life-threatening, pens that smear and make my writing illegible, computer mice that cause hand cramps. Teachers in England tried to force me to write with my right hand when I was a child.” E. Stephen Mack (Mack, 2000) In language There are hundreds of terms for left-handers: Left hander, left handed person, lefty, southpaw. There are a lot of sayings where "right" is good and "left" is bad e.g., "being in your right mind", "the divine right of kings", it will be all right in the end" as against being "left out", having "two left-feet", "a left-handed compliment". Even the word for "left-handed" in many languages is very negative: in Religion Even though there are a lot of negative quotes on Bible... on Judges 20:16 we can find this:

"Among Benjamin's elite troops, 700 were left-handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing." Common problems Left-handed people are sometimes placed at a disadvantage by the prevalence of right handed tools in society. Many tools and devices are designed to be comfortably used with the right hand. For example, (right-handed) scissors, a very common tool, are arranged so that the line being cut along can be seen by a right-handed user, but is obscured to a left-handed user.

We also have to deal with these problems:

•Crossing other peoples paths/position on pavement
•Hugging.
•Taking neighbours drink/bread roll at dining table.
•Tools are made for right handed.
•Trouble opening/locking locks.
•Putting belts on upside down. References

Holder, M. K. (1997). "Why are more people right-handed?". Recuperado el 2008, de Sciam.com. Scientific American Inc.: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-are-more-people-right
Mack, S. (2000). Left Hander. Recuperado el 2010, de Living in the Mirror: http://www.42inc.com/~estephen/facts/lefthand.html#local

Conclusion

As you can see, being a left handed person is kind of challenging and has its obstacles.
It is proved left handed people is a minority.
Even in the XXI century, there are still left handers that have to deal with common problems and popular religious misconceptions.
Many lefties have to learn, devise and think strategies to solve daily life problems.
I wanted to talk to you about this, not to complain but to provide you information about the reality of one of the most silence minorities in our society: the Southpaws, the lefties, the left handers.
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