When I was a kid, anyone NOT right-handed was given the cold shoulder and called any number of names. They were considered non-contributing members of society, present and future. In school I knew of two such kids who were also kind of dyslexic, and who stuttered. The outlook around this subject was different in those days. At that time, of course, I was not aware any of these characteristics had anything to do with each other. This correlation is made today (sometimes), but I was a kid then, and even the adults weren’t any smarter (with regard to southpaws).
Mothers over the years have been known to tie their child’s left hand at his or her side to force the use of the right one. Sometimes not (hurrah). If you were of this left-handed persuasion, consensus was you were lacking (not too bright), and parents felt embarrassed. Luckily, some did not stress out about it. Dumb thinking right? Of course—in hindsight.
It now appears enough parents either didn’t bother, worry or notice their children were different and thank goodness. Have you noticed how many actors, actresses, celebrities are left-handed? How many creative, innovative personalities and leaders of men have been or are southpaws?
More males than females are left-handed. This is a brief and sporadic overview (there are many):Leonard Nimoy Whoopi GoldbergMorgan FreemanMarilyn Monroe Michelangelo
Leonardo da Vinci
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Many more either chose to be, or were, ambidextrous. A few U.S. Presidents in recent memory who fit the lefty category are:
George H.W. Bush
To expand a bit on this subject, I won’t begin to name them all, but other famous personalities or interest are:
Charles (Prince of Wales)
I don’t doubt life is still a struggle for lefties to live in a right-handed world even though manufacturers have seen a market and jumped in to supply their needs.
We’ve heard it said right-handed people use their left brain (I am one of them).
If that is so, then, left handed people must be in their right minds.