I understand that when Nance Rosen writes about your left hand “hating” your right, she intends it as a metaphor for personality types and skills.
As a point of clarification, however, my left hand doesn’t have a problem with anyone else’s right hand. My difficulties as a left-hander stem from dextronormative bias on a systemic, social level.
Similarly, in childhood I was ostracized and shunned because my peers enforced a social standard that I did not conform with.
When readers act on Rosen’s advice to cultivate compassion, I hope that they consider any unearned privilege conferred on them by society.
What are the social-norm equivalents of desk-chair units and right-handed scissors? Which personalities and what types of traits are they in place to support? What quiet strengths are being overlooked or condescended to because society views them as “weakness”?
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
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- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal