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Privelege Meme

Gakked from holyhippie (hey, a lot of our answers are the same!) and sanguinity (From What Privilege 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).

I never thought of our family as wealthy while I was growing up. By most American standards, we weren't. My parents raised five kids on my father's salary; he held a managerial position at the local Social Security office. So we didn't live an extravagant lifestyle, but there was enough money for a five-bedroom house, organic foods, vitamins, a home computer in the early 80's, insuring teenage drivers and college educations. I suppose we were solidly middle-class.
  • Father went to college.

  • Father finished college.

  • Mother went to college.

  • Mother finished college. (Although not her Masters degree)

  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. (My grandfather was an optometrist. My great-uncle was an attorney general and senator.)

  • 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. My father had a HUGE collection of SF/Fantasy, mostly paperbacks.

  • Were read children's books by a parent . And adult books like "The Lord of the Rings"

  • Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18.

  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18. I had music lessons, but I don't remember other one-on-one tutoring or small-group lessons.

  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively. Generally (although not always on Lifetime.)

  • 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. All except for scholarship grants.

  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.

  • Went to a private high school.

  • Went to summer camp. YMCA camp, and Scout camp, which probably weren't the spendiest camps, but we did go.

  • Had a private tutor before you turned 18.

  • Family vacations involved staying at hotels. (Family vacations involved camping and an RV.)

  • 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.

  • There was original art in your house when you were a child. Yes, but it wasn't big-name, expensive art. We did use genuine Navajo rugs as rugs, although they were purchased before they became expensive collectors items.

  • Had a phone in your room before you turned 18.

  • 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.

  • 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. And to national monuments, and Native-American ruins and National Parks.

  • You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. I didn't know the exact amounts, no. I do remember that the house we had built had radiant heat panels in the ceilings. I seem to think that my parents went with them on the architect's recommendation, as they don't need ducts or registers. However, they're energy hogs. So we mostly didn't use them, and the house was heated by a wood stove. Did I know what it took to buy/cut wood, carry, split and stack it? Oh, yes.

It's only in the last several decades that I've come to appreciate how wealthy we really were. We always had what we needed, and enjoyed a number of luxuries. Most people in the world didn't live as well, and I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage of Americans today who enjoy a comparable lifestyle is lower than it was then. Gives one occasion to think.
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