Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Privilege checklist

A meme from badgerbag and egretplume. Unfortunately it doesn't have a sort of final score or interpretation, but it makes you think about privileges. It's geared around American lifestyles though. I have amended this meme, to show the difference between how I grow up, and how my children live now. I think it's interesting to see what social mobility looks like.

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.)

Bold the true statements.

note - the bold statements apply to me, the italic statements (plus of course the bold ones) apply to my children, who are much more privileged than me, not that they are grateful of course :-)

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 (but I think my kids' generation of my family might get there; it's a 2-generation process)
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 (I assume this means other than school 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 (my kids have a bank card but not a credit card, and they have to get the money into the bank for themselves)
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
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18. (My kids had tutors for individual subjects that for some reason they didn't get, or didn't get properly at school, like Japanese)
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels. (though my kids do stay in hotels sometimes)
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child (actually, everyone has this, but I think it means other than drawings by family members)
23. You and your family lived in a single family house. (Not sure if a single house means 'a house you didn't share with another family' or 'A detached house'. We lived in a room in my grandparents house, and then in a council flat, later in a council house. I still don't live in a detached house)
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
25. You had your own room as a child.(When I was teenager anyway)
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18. (We didn't have a phone in our house)
27. Participated in an 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.

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    My book is now for sale

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