I have heard of many kinds of prejudice: race, gender, social status, height, weight, and even hair color, but I’ve never considered the prejudice that is based on handwriting. It’s called the handwriting effect, and it is a bias against people with poor penmanship. The perpetrators assume handwriting is tied to intelligence.
If you were to judge me based solely on my penmanship, you would likely put me in the category of an uncivilized moron, if not complete idiot. My handwriting is and always has been an embarrassment to me. I’ll blame the fact that I’m left handed. When my daughter was in elementary school, one of her teachers called to verify that I had written a note my daughter turned in regarding an absence. The teacher thought the note might have been forged by my child. She must have been a subscriber to the handwriting effect prejudice. I informed the teacher that in future she would know that a note was forged if it was legible, because my child’s writing is much better than mine. Luckily, thanks to modern technology, my failings in that area are not often on display.
As penmanship is glossed over in schools, it becomes more obsolete with passing each year. Is handwriting destined to become a specialized art, and if it does, what will happen to graphologists—those people who are employed to analyze handwriting in order to label people based on the strokes of their pens. If there is no handwriting to analyze, how will we profile personalities?
Perhaps graphologists will seek employment in a new field where handwriting is the primary requirement. What job is that? I predict a future reemergence in the job market for scribes of yore. Not the medical scribes who document medical records on computers today, but a person who will write text freehand for a fee. One might hire such a person to pen a hand written love letter in order to win someone over, because they only know how to write block letters. A scribe will be a highly coveted specialized job for a select few. The want ads will read: Will consider anyone with legible penmanship. I would not be a candidate for that position.
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