Being a southpaw isn't an easy life, as many of the small conveniences of the modern world are incompatible to the lefties. Most people generalize handedness by which hand performs writing tasks, though I myself subscribe to a more broad definition (I write strictly right, but have partial cross-dominance in that I can do some other tasks, such as shooting a rifle, equally well left-handed, though I don't consider it ambidextrousness since eye dominance does have an effect on how well I can do it). But what about presidents? Even though statistics state that about 10% of the human population are left-handed, half of the last 14 presidents (the ones whose handedness was recorded) were lefties, a significant statistical deviation, as well as many candidates in the last century. Before Hoover, being left-handed was considered a disability, and teachers would actively supress this in students learning to write (Truman and Reagan, for example, were left-dominant, but functionally ambi because of this). Some scientists and doctors have offered neurological theories behind this, often linking brain function with the traits that make an effective candidate/president, but the fact that this correlation seems to be only present in the United States undermines this.
|President Obama is the latest in a southpaw club that includes Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton.|
Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan is a 1968 book by English dystopian author J. G. Ballard. in it, he explores the psychosexual appeal of the then-California governor, and posits that he had a subliminal appeal. For example, this quote creeps the hell out of me:
In further studies sadistic psychopaths were given the task of devising sex fantasies involving Reagan. Results confirm the probability of Presidential figures being perceived primarily in genital terms; the face of LB Johnson is clearly genital in significant appearance--the nasal prepuce, scrotal jaw, etc. Faces were seen as either circumcised (JFK, Khrushchev) or uncircumcised (LBJ, Adenauer). In assembly-kit tests Reagan’s face was uniformly perceived as a penile erection.
|The White House photo showing Carter splashing water to shoo away the beast in the upper right.|
|I wonder if the White House offered to pay the dry cleaning costs?|
|A 2006 reenactment shows how much it would suck to be selected as the unit's signifer.|
|Gray's application overlays Bell's notebook.|