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Jakarta Post

Left-handers refuse to be held back by stigma

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18 2019   /  01:30 am

The fact that civilizations around the world have generally esteemed the right hand more than the left has taken its toll on left-handed people who constantly battle stigma, being forced to use their less-favored hand to avoid negative connotations.Since childhood, Prawiro Sudirjo, 41, a teacher from Bekasi, West Java, has been used to criticism from relatives and even strangers for using “the wrong hand”. Born a left-handed person, Prawiro has to constantly fight against the impression of behaving improperly or being rude“I often get scolded by angkot [public minivan] drivers because I hand them money using my left hand, they say I am rude. It’s just one of many struggles left handed people face in their daily lives. Being a left-handed person in Indonesia is hard because a lot of people consider the left hand as the bad hand or the devil’s hand,” he told The Jakarta Post on...