Iowa, accessibility, and the early 2000's cursive curse
"Most of the people I know who were born in 1996 and went to school in Southern Ontario have kind of messy, wildly unhinged, half-cursive, half-printed handwriting"... that is a very apt description of my handwriting haha. You make so many great points about folks placing barriers around systems that were ultimately meant to help the writer, and nothing else - and therefore should be infinitely customizable and made always more accessible.
This made me think of an article by S.L. Huang on Tor.com about the history of the Iowa workshop model, SFF workshops, and the damage this model, when applied universally and with little moderation, can do to BIPOC writers and marginalized folks more broadly: