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Privlege

I've seen this on a couple of other lj's, and it intrigued me.  My answers surprised me.

This blog-game is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University as reported by Quaker and Social Class. The exercise developers hold the copyright and ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

* Father went to college
  Father went into the navy, and then went to work for IBM.
* Father finished college
* Mother went to college
* Mother finished college
* Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
  I do now, via marriage, twice removed.  I don't think that counts.
* 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
 
   Mostly mine...
* Were read children's books by a parent 
  Oh, heck yes.  I remember that I started reading "Little House in the Big Woods" by myself because my mother didn't have as many hours to read it to me as I wanted.
* Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
* Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
  Tennis and swimming.  My mother couldn't swim, and wanted me to be able to (I still can't.)  I loathed tennis, but she thought I needed the exercise (I still do.)
* The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
* 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
  Three semesters before I flunked out...
* 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 
  Family vacations involved driving non-stop the distance from central NY to St. Paul, MN to stay with my grandparents with no air conditioning.  We did get a motel the year the car's transmission died in Toledo, OH on a Saturday afternoon.
* Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 
  Mom made most of my clothes for a long, long, long time.  She still makes my work skirts for me if I ask nicely.  I had many new clothes, but not all, and the farther back in my life you go the more were home made.
* 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
  I didn't have a phone in my room before I went to college.  I didn't have one after I came back until I moved in with my (now) husband.
* You and your family lived in a single family house
* Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
 
Them and the bank who held the mortgage...
* You had your own room as a child 
  My brother is 11 years older than I am.  By the time I was becoming sentient, he was moving out...
* 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
  I was placed in the tender care of Northwest Airlines to visit the grandparents a few times.
* 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
  In Herkimer, NY?  Please...
* You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
  I remember going through the JC Penney wish book at Christmas time and *budgeting* my wish list.  At six, I'd give myself a budget, and work on that list until it didn't exceed the budget.


I say my answers surprise me, because I've always thought of myself as a child of privlege.  Yet very few of these apply.  I guess I was privleged in all the ways that really count - loving, supportive family.  I never had the newest hot toy, but any book that I wanted to read somehow found it's way into my hands.

I have no complaints.

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merimask
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have seen that too...I should probably do it, though the question about family vacations flummoxed me because we rented a house for the summer. Is that the same as/worse/better than a hotel?

Damn, I miss my summers in Newport. :-(
kls_eloise
Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I guess I tried to look at the intent behind the question. I viewed it as "were you well enough off to be able to rent a hotel, or did you need to stay with family/friends." We never stayed in hotels, and I believe it was a cost issue. So in my interpretation, you'd say "yes."

Your mileage may vary.
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