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Privileges Meme

After a week of heavy socializing, staying overnight with friends twice, multiple heavy (and wonderful) meals, I'm home again (this time full of deep dish pizza and ice cream) and I can barely keep myself upright. Whew. Almost glad to be going back to work tomorrow. Almost.

Meanwhile, I'm jumping on the privileges meme.

From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (my brother is in med school now)
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children's books by a parent
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (ice skating lessons)
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp (band camp, once)
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (my dad bought me a used car for $750 when I got my license)
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house (I lived in more than a dozen houses, some of them single-family rentals)
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (owned, lost, owned again)
25. You had your own room as a child (I shared a room with my brother until I was 11)
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

Despite not scoring as particularly privileged on this, and despite being well aware that we lacked a lot of luxuries, I did also grow up with some awareness that there were people who were worse off than we were. I never went hungry. My parents were smart, praised education, and had high expectations for me. My daughter lives a much more privileged life than I did but it's most important to me that she understand how privileged we are compared to so much of the world even if we're not so much when compared to our immediate neighbors.



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