Lefthanders Day – August 13 (originally Friday 13th): Worst Day of the Year for Left-handers
The thoughtless, ignorant act of one man has stigmatized more left-handers than any other person or group. This was all done with the intent of doing something good and was supposed to raise awareness of the needs of left-handed people. A nice idea that was executed poorly. In fact it looks more like the work of a right-handed saboteur than a concerned left-hander.
It actually turned out to be a selfish act of misplaced power and ignorance. This idiotic attempt at improving the status of left-handers couldn’t have gone worse if right-handers had a go at it themselves. What happened?
Once upon a time there was a magazine, it was a magazine for and about left-handers. “Lefthander Magazine” was advertised as “World’s Only Magazine for Lefthanders”, and was published by *Lefthanders International, an organization once based in Topeka, Kansas that allegedly tried to raise awareness of the needs of left-handed people. It began in 1975 and ran bi-monthly until the late 1990s when the founder, Dean Campbell died. *(NOT to be confused with http://Left-handersInternational.com)
They published articles with a backwards design to accommodate its readers, but they managed to do this incorrectly and made themselves look silly for trying. Lefthander Magazine
They also held advertisers hostage by criticizing any books independent publishers/authors wrote and advertised with them. The criticism was always unnecessarily brutal.
I was a subscriber and although the magazine had some valuable information and interviews, it also contained an awful lot of misinformation. If you had something like a book to sell in their magazine you were in for trouble. All you had to do was pay the advertising fee and the editor saw fit to criticize and berate your book therefore diminishing your product in the eyes of the subscribers. I personally spoke with an author that had to discontinue marketing his book due to a very poor evaluation by the editor. I had a copy of the book and found it very informative and interesting. Now this man’s dreams were crushed, says James S. Borthwick, Publisher of Left-handersInternational.com.
If you wanted to advertize with them and had a book you stood no chance of having anyone buy it due to the unnecessarily severe reviews. I myself had to find other ways to market my books but it certainly couldn’t be with them. Many good books were sacrificed by this process. Advertising with them was publishing suicide as they were the only source of left-handed customers anywhere.
Along with all that, they didn’t even spell left-hander with a hyphen the way it is correctly represented in EVERY dictionary in the world.
Lefthander Magazine and Lefthanders Day are completely inaccurate and should have been displayed as Left-hander Magazine and Left-handers Day, but alas they were not. This just contributes to Left-handed Misinformation and absolutely should not be distributed by left-handers or any left-handed organization. It’s disgraceful. It’s anti left-handed. There are ZERO organizations that spell the essence of exactly what they are, incorrectly. Imagine the National Organization for Women misspelled as ‘wimin, or Greenpeace, as an independent global campaigning organization do they spell it GreenPiece? It’s idiotic.
Many years ago I had an opportunity to speak with Dean Campbell’s widow and she confirmed to me that the day was conceived in order to try to change the way people think of Friday the 13th as well as promoting left-handers. I’ve never heard anything so asinine before, as well as delusional says Mr. Borthwick.
Friday the 13 th (Aug. 13) a day, always to be associated with superstition and bad luck, is also a quasi– acknowledged day of little recognition in the mid U.S. Nowadays it is a gimmicky, pathetic attempt at credibility.
Of ALL the days in the year that don‘t have any negative stigma attached to them, why in the world would anyone who has an interest in left–handers, want to associate the most fearful day of the year, with left–handedness?
August 13th 1948 During the Berlin Airlift, the weather over Berlin becomes so stormy that American
planes have their most difficult day landing supplies. They deem it ‘Black Friday’.
August 13th 1961: Border between East and West Berlin is sealed off by East Germans. (the Berlin Wall)
August 13th 1963: A 17 year-old Buddhist monk burns himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.
Aug. 13th 1969: A highly publicized day, the day they buried Sharon Tate!
August 13th 1974: The last United States troops leave Vietnam.
August 13th 1989: The wreckage of a plane that carried U.S. congressman Mickey Leland and others on a
humanitarian mission is found on a mountainside in Ethiopia; there are no survivors.
August 13th is also Fidel Castros’ birthday!
The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th, which is considered to be a very day of bad luck in a number of western cultures. In Romania, Greece and some areas of Spain and Latin America, Tuesday the 13th is similarly considered unlucky.
Most people think the number 13 is unlucky (triskaidekaphobia), and the proof is, that over 21,000,000 people are afraid, and “It’s been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business and travel on Friday the 13th (paraskevidekatriaphobia)!
To associate left-handers with this feels like treason. We as left-handers deserve much better than to be connected to this ridiculous event. This is the kind of ignorance we should all try very hard to ignore.
It makes it harder to ignore when other left-handers help perpetuate this kind of ignorance! Don’t pay any attention to these right-handed disguised as left-handed organizations, as a matter of fact the company that started all this is now out of business (thankfully). Unfortunately, blind followers are still trying to give this non-event some credibility. Common sense suggests otherwise. Why would anyone give left-handedness a harder time to strive for acceptance than by adding the negativity of “Friday the 13th” to it? It doesn’t make sense. Real left-handers are smart enough not to be fooled by this well intended but silly day.
The business that runs the “Day” now does it just to sell a few t-shirts. A day of recognition IS necessary, but unless you choose the day wisely and with plenty of thought and left-handed public participation it’ll just end up being the pathetic misspelled event it is now.
Left-handers deserve better. That’s what they’ll get with us, as we were so determined to prove Dean Campbell wrong that after he died we took the name and put it on the Internet at http://Left-handersnternational.com. Please Share this on ALL of YOUR Social Media accounts and help us spread the word and make a difference. We’ll do what he couldn’t do, says Mr. Borthwick.- #Lefthandersintl