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Baaah. Privilege

Everyone's doing it (weird - this is the most popular meme for a long time), so I guess here goes. It's very American, and it doesn't allow for anomalies, but hey, it's a meme...

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 list below 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 dropped out of school at age 16 because her father died of a heart attack)
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers I guess...
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (maybe not quite, at least not when I was quite young)
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 (ummm. ???)
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 Not really, but we stayed in one or two. Mostly motels, and only when the campsites were all full.
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 (only if you count a pen and ink drawing by my grandfather and framed art by me in my mum's bedroom)
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
You had your own room as a child Hey, I'm an only 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
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

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gillo
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Apparently it's Indiana University.

I gather it's a starting point lesson for freshmen to introduce the concept of social class - all of the above are things that happen to a student because someone else has made a choice and/or had the money. That is, nothing to do withthe student's own choice or merit. It looks like an interesting discussion-starter, but it's certainly very American and aimed, I think, at people a little younger than us.
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