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Throughout time, misconceptions have been made about both what determines and the subsequent characteristics of laterality, specifically when it comes to left handedness. This paper will be analyzing the concept of structuralism as it pertains to common assumptions about societal binaries, specifically through the lens of the left/right dichotomy. It will also be tracing back these assumptions about left-handedness or leftness as a whole, through societal and etymological means, and investigating whether this dichotomy has any connections with the masculine/feminine binary. Furthermore, this research will discuss the effects of these judgements and separations made between left and right handedness, including conversion practices, of which often have detrimental psychological effects. It argues that while as a society, deconstruction and unitary theory may never be possible, destigmatization of left-handedness may be.



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Structuralism and the Left/Right-handedness Binary