There’s no denying it. Southpaws have had a tough run throughout history. Strange prejudices, taboos, links to Satan, 25 negative mentions in the bible — it was even grounds for divorce in Japan in the 20th century. In many languages, discrimination is even embedded into the word “left” — deriving from words like “sinister” or being a synonym for awkward or ill-mannered.
But despite all that right-hand conversion therapy and Victorian-era beatings that tried to knock the “left” out of people, lefties are strong group that’s survived — and thrived. While today, lefties are living in a righty’s world, dealing with supplies and technology not designed for them, like scissors, spiral notebooks, desks and computer keyboards, we want you to show some love to the left-handed, because as you’ll see below, they’re a pretty stellar group.
And hey, a relationship is all about balance. So, put your right hand out there and grab a leftie.
1. They Have Hotter Sex
Does right vs. left matter in the sack? Oh, you bet. According to a recent survey, 86 percent of left-handed people reported they were “Extremely Satisfied” with their sex lives. Only 15 percent of righties could say the same! The reasons are unknown, but other studies have suggested that lefties have better rhythm. Either way, being 71 percent more satisfied in bed gives lefties the upper hand. That’s a chance everyone should take.
2. They’re Leaders
Your lefty lover is in good hands. Four of the last seven presidents were left-handed: President Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. And the original designers of the Mac? Four out of five were lefties. And left-handed ladies are in great company, too. Marilyn Monroe, the original sex symbol, was a lefty. Yes, you have permission to compare your future significant other to Obama or Marilyn.
3. They’re Geniuses
They’re not just smart in the bedroom. In fact, 20 percent of all Mensa members are left-handed. The theory is that lefties are forced to use both sides of their brain more often. Some brilliant left-handers you may know? Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. A St. Lawrence University study found that more left-handed people had IQs over 140 than their right-handed counterparts.
4. They’re Rare
Only 10-15 percent of the world is left-handed, so you’re getting a one-of-a-kind. While they are the minority, it doesn’t mean these gems are going extinct anytime soon. In fact, University of Montpellier researcher Charlotte Faurie explains that lefties are champs when it comes to survival of the fittest, “The fact that left-handers are less common means they have a surprise effect.” And good news for single gals looking for a lefty to love, males are twice as likely to be left-handed than females. Go get ’em.
5. They Can Support Themselves
No, money can’t buy you love, but — cha-ching! — lefties aren’t doing so bad out there. Left-handed fellas are 15 percent more likely to be richer than a right-handed man. And for those who went to college — 26 percent richer. A man or woman who can support themselves? Win.
6. They’re Creative
Left-handers aren’t just brainiacs, they’re artistic, innovative thinkers too. Since lefties rely on the right side of their brains more, which is used for activities needing imagination, emotions, and creativity, they’re said to be better at music, art and language. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo? Both left-handed dudes.
According to research published in the American Journal of Psychology, left-handed people are divergent thinkers, meaning they generate ideas that explore many possible solutions. And their talents don’t only exist within their job. Chances are, your creative guy or gal will bring some of their imagination into the relationship too.