I have fallen quite behind on reading my favourite blogs and on writing on my own as well; however, as I was spending quality time with my new laptop (yes, I finally bought one) by attempting to clear up my Google Reader list I encountered a post written by Science Bear. The post dealt with the concept of privilege, presented meme-style. Growing up, I never really thought about privilege nor was it actually a topic I spent discussing with family and friends. This does not mean that I was blind to the concept. I saw the advantages of having money, power, and fame and its effects on family and society. However, it was not until later in my high school years that the idea of privilege started sinking in deeper and deeper. University contributed heavily on heightening my awareness. It made me realize that the concept of privilege is not as simple as it seems.

Without further ado, the blog meme…..

What Privileges Do You Have?

Those items that pertain to me have been marked in bold.

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
– I’m with Science Bear on this one. I do not really understand what this means.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

9. Were read children’s books by a parent

– Unfortunately, I do not remember which books.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

– ballet, piano, and tennis
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

– All my lessons were before I turned 18 and none of them lasted past 18…hehe
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

– I do not quite understand what this means. Is it referring to my culture, race, class, what?

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

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

16. Went to a private high school

17. Went to summer camp

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

– I remember my Mom hired a tutor for me when I was in kindergarten. I never wanted a tutor so I cried the entire time and the lesson lasted for a whole 5 minutes. Pretty much the only time I had a tutor.

19. Family vacations involved staying in hotels.

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
23. You and your family lived in a single family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

25. You had your own room as a child.

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in a college entrance exam (eg. SAT/ACT) prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.

34. 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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