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2nd-Jan-2008 01:22 pm
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<j user="musicmutt"> posted before me!

Privilege 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.

To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the list below into your blog/journal, and bold the items that are true for you.

Father went to college
Father finished college

Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. (One cousin.)
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 you were portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
(Dad worked for Sears, and I was given a card so I'd get his discount when I shopped there.)
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
(only because Dad's work sent us overseas. It wouldn't have happened had we stayed in the States.)
Went to summer camp (Blue Birds camp. Once.)
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels (once we went overseas)
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (only because there was no one to hand down to me.)
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (they didn't buy -- or gift -- any car!)
There was original art in your house when you were a child (once we were overseas - the artist was a friend of the family.)
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 (first flight at age 8)
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
(we took a cruise the first time we traveled overseas, and took another when we came back. Sears heavily subsidized all our overseas travel.)
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (we were overseas!)
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family


(Observational note: 1. Living overseas gave me privileges I would not have had otherwise. 2. I have lived a lucky -- and blessed -- life, for which I am exceedingly grateful.)
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