Right hand privilege is wrong.
that mean? It means right handed people are unaware of their unearned
privilege. It means they should be aware that there are left handed
people, and that societal norms, design of objects and everyday
behaviours should not be done solely for the benefit of right handed people.
In starting this blog, I am not
claiming that the right handed privilege is comparable to racism,
sexism or other forms of discrimination. I'm not even calling it
organized discrimination. And this is definitely not intended to be
confrontational. What I am calling it, however, is a lack of
consideration the one in seven people who are left handed, and I am
calling for right handed people to think about it.
adults, right handed privilege is generally a minor issue, except
perhaps where dangerous machinery is involved and left handed people are
forced to used things with the wrong hand instead of the left hand.
The biggest annoyances I have are ones I can work around.
children, though, right handed privilege is a major issue. Materials
in classrooms - books, desks, various objects - are designed for right
handed people. But even if objects weren't a consideration, the
attitude of teachers, schools, parents and societies are. Children are still forced and harassed to switch hands against their nature, a topic I will go into in other posts.