Meme: What Privileges Did You Have?


Copied from cahwyguy. Bold means the statement is true, italics means I don’t know or it’s complicated:

  • Father went to college
  • Father finished college
  • Mother went to college — my mom took some university level courses when I was in high school, but they were just for interest, not towards a degree
  • Mother finished college
  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
  • Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers — To me, upper class is the extremely wealthy, lower class is the extremely poor, and middle class is the other 95% of us. Rather a meaningless comparison.
  • 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 — piano
  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positivelyBob and Doug McKenzie notwithstanding
  • 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 — My parents paid for residence (and tuition as well, I think) in first year, and I paid for the rest. However, I lived at home for 5 of my 6 work terms and paid no rent during those terms, thus allowing me to save up for the next term’s tuition, rent, and beer
  • 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 — sometimes, usually camping though
  • 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
  • Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 — not my own phone number though
  • You and your family lived in a single family house for a few years
  • 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 — not applicable, as we don’t have SATs in Canada
  • 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 — Scotland when I was four and again when I was 15, Florida when I was 10
  • 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

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.

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