spinthemoon (spinthemoon) wrote,

privilege meme stolen from lots of people who stole it from wyckhurst

 Bold the ones that are true for you.

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

If you post this in your blog, please leave a comment on this post. To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you. If you don't have a blog, feel free to post your responses in the comments.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (Dress, maybe - but people with Texas/Tennessee twangs are generally idiots)
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp 
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 
Family vacations involved staying at hotels 
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (Ha! We didn't even get hand-me-down cars. Cars were not on the agenda)
There was original art in your house when you were a child (My dad owned an art supply and custom framing wholesale business - sometimes he got paid in art, lol) 
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (Funny but kinda scary story - my sister's first boyfriend got into a argument with someone, and in the course of the argument the guy threatened to call the police, so her boyfriend ripped the phone out of the wall. He gave it to me. It was an aqua blue classic rotary.)
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child (Making this half-bold because I shared a room with my sister until I was 9)
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

I find this list a little odd, I guess because I don't really understand their definition of "privilege". It doesn't really seem to be related to money or education. Or maybe I just think that because growing up we didn't have much money, but I still have a lot of stuff on the list. And while my dad was the one with the education, my mom was the one who read to us and took us to museums. I certainly do believe I was privileged growing up, but I don't feel like that had anything to do with how much money we had. For example, I took ballet, but it was offered free through the city.

I'm also laughing at the "heating bills" question. Where I live heating bills are nuthin'. Now, cooling bills - that's a biggie. In fact, we didn't even have heat in our first house, except for one free-standing gas heater in my parent's bedroom.

What's interesting is that even though we're better off financially than my parents, my kids' lists would look a lot like mine.

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