(Closed) LEFTY BEES..Where u ever abused bcuz u were a lefty?

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Post # 3
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom went to catholic school and they whacked her knuckles with a ruler any time she tried to use her left hand so she is now a righty.

Post # 4
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It was no uncommon in our parents generation (and before) for people to be forced to be right handed for whatever reason.

I never had any issue with being a lefty. Occasionally people would point out “oh you’re a lefty!” while I was writing…and I always thought that was weird. I never looked at right handed people and thought “oh, they’re right handed.” I never noticed what hand people wrote with. hah

Post # 5
8430 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MissBoPeep:  This happened during my catholic schooling as well. i have always held my pen funny due to a broken finger due to a car accident when I was really young. it just plain hurts if I hold it how the average person does for more than 10 mins. The sisters used to wrap me over the knuckles with a piece of cane if I didn’t hold it correctly.

Post # 6
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@MissBoPeep:  My Mom had the same thing happen to her by the nuns.  Her father (a huge 6+ foot guy) actually came to the school and very calmly but sternly told the nun she is never to touch his daughter again and his daughter may use whatever hand she pleases to do her schoolwork.  Go Grampa!

Post # 7
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My old math teacher was naturally left handed, but went to Catholic school and the nuns forced her to switch to right. Her handwriting was AWFUL because of it too, and now she can’t write well with either hand. I think this practice is definitely a thing of the past (at least in America)

Post # 8
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

At playschool they used to force me to use my right hand but my mum made a fuss about it. Even to this day i use scissors and glue with my right hand!!

People also think im odd because i write backwards alot (as in mirror writing like leonardo da vinci) ehich apparently is quite rare, something to do with having language centres on both sides of the brain rather than one…

Post # 9
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Never had anything said to me for being a lefty.  My mom is also a lefy.

Post # 11
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not personally, no, but my Dad talks about how he used to get smacked across the knuckles with a ruler when in school.

The worst that ever happened to me was in grade 9 science class–while doing up a report, the teacher was walking around, making sure we were doing it correctly, and noticed how I crooked my wrist when writing. She didn’t like it, so gave me homework of writing lines, and the alphabet..
My Dad was so angry, he got e switched out of her class the next day.

A fun fact about me/my group of friends/family:

  • My 4 closest friends are all left handed.
  • Aside from myself and my Dad, my Dirty Delete is left-handed.
  • My Future Mother-In-Law is left-handed, as well (the only one in the immediate family). She was so shocked to learn I was a lefty, and was ecstatic when Dirty Delete was shown to be. She thinks it’s a cute family trait among the girls, now (I feel bad for my 3 SILs who aren’t, lol).


Post # 12
4337 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m kind off odd in that I’m right dominant, but I write left-handed.  I actually had the opposite problem – they made me use left-handed scissors & such in elementary school, but I actually do everything (except write) with my right hand.

 @urchin:  It is weird how many people notice that I write with my left.

Post # 13
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LadyBear: That is so interesting! My son writes right handed and kicks left-footed, but is too young to show dominance with anything else. My Future Sister-In-Law is lefty, and also one of FHs (blood related) Aunts. I wonder if there are more female lefties than males?

Post # 14
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Future Brother-In-Law writes with his right hand because he was forced to in school, but uses his computer mouse with his left hand, bats left handed, golfs left handed, etc.  His handwriting is terrible btw.

Post # 15
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

My grandpa was forced to become a righty in school.  Now he’s ambidextrous.

I was always allowed to write freely with my left hand.  When I was living in Japan, though, everyone I met was amazed by the fact that I was a lefty.  I don’t remember having any left-handed students.  I think that because I lived in a rural area, forcing the lefties to become righties was pretty common.  People were always surprised when they saw that I wasn’t.

Post # 16
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It was never an issue for me or my mom, but her dad was forced to write with his right hand, despite being a lefty.

One of my left-handed friends in high school had her grandmother tell her it was the mark of the devil!  She just shook her head. 🙂


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