20 December 2012

Help! I'm Being Repressed!

I'm a lefty. A bonafide, can't write with a gel pen, it always looks like I have a bruise on the knuckle of my pinkie, never switch seats at the dinner table with my husband, lefty.

I've accepted the fact that the written English language is designed to be easiest for right-handed people. I've accepted the fact that I have to buy special scissors and that even attempting to write in a 3-ring binder will always be torturous unless I write on the back side of every page. I've spent my whole life learning from right handed people and having to switch the motions that they use around so that I can do them my way: from writing the alphabet to using chopsticks to doing a 45 degree haircut.

 Pictures of my rings will never be sexy because of that little, almost ever-present mark. The more I write, the worse it gets!

I don't think that the world should cater to the needs of left-handed people. We're a minority, and it wouldn't make sense to inconvenience the majority for the sake of a minority people group, would it? I would never lobby for the English language to be written from right to left just so that my hand won't get smeared with ink so often. That's just crazy.

However. The problem with my cosmetology school is that each student has a very small station and the plugs for each station are set up with a right-hander in mind. I tried plugging my appliances in on the side of the station that makes sense for me as a left-hander and was told, no, it's against the rules. Everyone has to use the plugs on the right side of their station. There are actually 3 left-handed students, in a school of maybe 20. It wouldn't be hard to station us all together, at the end of a row, just as anyone who eats with left handers would put them at the corner of the table so that they are not constantly elbowing the person beside them.

I explained to one of the teachers how it would be possible to station the left-handed people together and avoid the problems of crowding and bumping and non-ergonomically correct twisting that happen with the way stations are set up now. She agreed, and we moved everyone around so that both right handed and left-handed people could have the most convenient workstation.

And the next day, another teacher, who is more of the boss--moved everyone back to where they were originally. Apparently, in his mind, the fact that he wants to have some students closer to where he sits so that he can chat with them, the fact that some students get comfortable in "their spot" and don't want to move, and the fact that some girls don't like each other and don't want to work next to each other takes precedence over reasonable ways of working out the problem of lefties. Oh well. It's frustrating but I don't want to make a fuss over it because I've seen how the teachers treat the students they don't like and I'm trying to just stay under the radar and not get in trouble until I graduate. It really is such a small frustration--but what annoys me is that it could be easily and logically fixed, but 'politics' and 'drama' won't allow it.

Are any of you lefties? Even if you're not, do you see any solution to my dilemma?
Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

oh my. that is unfair that bossy teacher won't let you move! my dad is a lefty and so far my 5 year old is too - not sure about my 2 year old.

Larissa T. said...

My Aunt's a lefty and she works in a school.. betcha she would've let you change the seating arrangements... (:

Angi said... frustrating!! My dad is left handed, but the rest of my family is right handed. I guess I never realized QUITE how many problems you lefties have! Now I feel blessed...haha.

Anonymous said...

Wow that's so frustrating! My dad's a lefty and has to sit at a certain spot at the table when we go out to eat. Sounds like that's not a teacher. A teacher is more concerned with their students' learning, not socialization.

Pamela M M Berkeley said...

Sorry you're going through this. Persevere!

Ashley said...

My sister is a leftie and she always talks about how it's a right-handed person's world!

Unknown said...

I'm sorry! That is annoying! I HATE when politics and egos win out over logic and ease.


LeiShell said...

Oh that would be tough! I'm not sure how you could fix that, but teachers ought to be non-biased and since everyone is an adult, they should all get along just fine. Dumb if you ask me, you're handling it better than I would!

Erin @ Come What May said...

That's so dumb! I don't understand why they aren't willing to let you be at a station that would allow you to more easily work! Hubs is a lefty so I can understand.

Unknown said...

I'm married to a lefty. He does all things lefty, except play guitar. I don't know why he can do that righty. Esther Norine Designs

Jeanne said...

That would be so frustrating! I am also a lefty but do most everything with my right hand... except write and eat. In kindergarten my teacher tried to force me to write with my right hand. My mom gave her a piece of her mind when she was informed I was having problems writing.

Kylee said...

I absolutely love the picture with the pen on your finger. I always have that! Oh, being a lefty is so hard yet so awesome. What a crappy teacher for not letting you move. I have problems writing in class with the desks that swing up, and are made for right handed people. Oh well. I'll just win with my right brain while they all use their left.

Melanie said...

Your ring pic is still sexy! I am left handed too but I try to embrace it! Remember - lefties have rights too :)

Melanie @ keep it simple and fun

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Unknown said...

Someday I read an article which said that leftys die on average 5 years earlier because all appliances and heavy machinery are designed for "rightys".

And I'm a lefty, as well as my grandpa, my mother and her twin brother, his kids and my sisters.

In religion class (we have that in public schools in Germany) we had chairs which had small tables attached to them on the right side. I always looked totally awful writing because I had to twist my whole body in order to be able to read my papers afterwards. I just got lucky when someone got sich because I took that person's chair and just put it on my left side to use its small table.

BTW: I learned using scissors for right-handed people, you just have to look at the other side of the scissors to see if you cut on the line. And I always pull out any paper I want to write on from binders and things like this.

Well, life isn't always easy but it works. :)

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