Ed Schweppe (edschweppe) wrote,
Ed Schweppe

Memesheepage of privilege

The "privilege" meme, as seen in the LJs of prophet_marcus , bkwrrm_tx , starcat_jewel and others:
This particular meme apparently originated on the Social Class and Quakers blog back in November. The blogger, Jeanne, says:
It's based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University that I found on this Yahoo group around class on college campuses. The exercise developers hold the copyright but have given me permission to post it here and ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.
So, onto the meme; the items bolded below apply to me.
Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. [1]
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
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 [2]
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
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
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house [3]
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child </b>
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School [4]
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 [5]
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

[1] Specifically, my father was an MIT professor; in fact, he was a Great Educator.
[2] As far as I can tell, white middle-aged white guys who happen to be computer geeks are portrayed more or less positively.
[3] I grew up in a community which was in the midst of transitioning from being primarily truck farms to being more or less an upscale suburb. I'm not sure there were any multi-family dwellings in town when my parents moved in (with the exception of a few mother-in-law apartments).
[4] It was a beat-up old box that a particularly handy friend of mine found at the town dump and resurrected. But it was a television.
[5] We sailed across the Atlantic on the SS France, back when she was still in regular trans-Atlantic service; I presume that counts as a "cruise" in the context of this meme.

I haven't found anyplace that claims to relate the number of bolded items to any particular measure of privilege. OTOH, I'm sure I'd qualify as having grown up rather privileged.
Tags: memesheepage

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