August 13th was International Left Handed Day so we’re talking all about left struggling.
The struggles and discrimination of left-handed individuals in modern society are oh, so real.
In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand, and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, it is thought that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder, and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.
In a rather unfair reinforcement of this, the infamous (but influential) 19th Century physician Cesare Lambroso, who identified various facial and racial characteristics with criminal traits (the debunked theory of anthropological criminology), turned his attention to handedness at the end of the century and the start of the next and, perhaps not surprisingly, he identified left-handedness as a mark of pathological behaviour, savagery and criminality.
In other cultures, doing anything with your left-hand (especially eating) is considered societally unacceptable due to the fact toilet paper is a fairly recent invention. I won’t go into details… but gross.
LEFT HANDERS ARE STILL BEING MARGINALISED TODAY!
Being left-handed comes with a whole plethora of problems, even today. Problems addressed by forward thinking TV shows like the Simpsons (Flander’s Leftorium)
HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR TEAM’S TOP GRIPES
1. THE DIFFICULTIES OF USING CUTLERY…
“My brother gave me a lefthanded bread knife for my 40th birthday, and finally I could manage a straight slice, after a lifetime of ridicule and cutting doorstops. Now the rest of the household knows what I suffered, as the old breadknife mysteriously disappeared. I eat righthanded with a knife and fork, but I can’t manage to eat dessert with a spoon and fork. I also can’t carve meat with a carving knife when I need a fork as well.” – Priscilla
“Using chopsticks left-handed is seriously frowned upon at Chinese banquets. And I was the bride!” – Priscilla
“I can not cut bread in a straight line, I end up with a fat top and skinny bottom.” – Karen
Pete also struggles with kitchen implements:
“Some people when you tell them you’re left handed they change your knife and fork around. Yeah, like who in the world eats with the knife in the left hand?!”
“Smudging text, especially fountain pen ink at school. If I grew up in Japan writing from right to left this would never have happened!” – Pete
“I write downhill, towards me, with the paper at right angles.” – Priscilla
3. CAN OPENERS
“I can only use tin openers that open from the top and not the side” – Karen
4. BIG SCISSORS
6. LAWN EDGERS
8. COMPUTER MOUSE
9. PLAYING POOL
“I would love to play pool but I just can not hold a cue correctly.” – Karen
The list goes on!
HBBS DON’T DISCRIMINATE!
Our bags are designed to be worn on either shoulder. Perfect for left or right orientated people!