Happy National Left Handed Day! Every year on August 13th we southpaws get our very own designated day to celebrate being left handed. This annual event is also meant to help raise awareness of the troubles that left handed people experience with living in a right-hand centric world.
So the idea is that we have an excuse to get drunk and have a whinge at how easy righties have it? Well, not quite.
Special events are usually set up around the world, such as ‘left handed zones’ where everyone is encouraged to use their left hands to perform simple tasks. These special areas might only include lefty tools and utensils in order to force people into finding out what it’s like being a southpaw in a right handed world.
All too often left handed people are overlooked by designers and developers. It is also hoped that through participating in this day we can raise awareness of the need for ambidextrous product designs.
Here’s my (selfish) suggestion for this yearly event. Every year on August 13th guitar stores worldwide should have a sale where only the southpaw models are discounted. Do it. Do it.
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Further Reading – Find Out More About Left Handed People!
- The Left Stuff: How the Left-Handed Have Survived and Thrived in a Right-Handed World by Melissa Roth
- Left Is Right: The Survival Guide for Living Lefty in a Right-Handed World by Rae Lindsay
- The Puzzle of Left-Handedness by Rik Smits
- The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness by Stanley Coren
- Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures by Chris McManus
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