The buck stops here

I did the privilege meme that I saw on DZM’s and Owl’s blogs. The results are in. I was privileged, pretty much, except that I lacked a tv, a private tutor, a propensity for family cruises and a mutual fund (my mother told me I DID have a credit card, which I do not recall, but okay). I am fairly sure that my children will lack the same things. Apparently, we have reached the highest heights of privilege that anyone in my family will ever reach. It can only go downhill from here.

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
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.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
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.
19. Family vacations involved staying at 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 SAT/ACT prep course.
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school.
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 to your family.
YC
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9 Responses to The buck stops here

  1. BeBe says:

    You are wrong, yet again! You had a credit card when you went to college. You were 17 at the time. You spent $500 on sweatshirts, etc. at te campus bookstore. You pretty much bought out the store. Not a pretty picture.

    Remember?

    As far as IRA’s, etc., I don’t think they existed when you went to college.

  2. (0v0) says:

    Interesting. I like the recognition about the buck stopping, at least for these funny parameters of priv.

  3. Yoga Chickie says:

    Yes, funny parameters, these. Cruises?

  4. (0v0) says:

    Exactly. That’s sociologists for you–deeply middlebrow ideas of privelege.

  5. laksmi says:

    busted by bebe. ouch. 500 bucks was a lot way back then.

  6. Yoga Chickie says:

    That, Owl, is HILARIOUS!

  7. Carl says:

    It must be great to have a mother that points out all your errors. Just do as she says and you never will be wrong!

  8. BeBe says:

    Who says I pointed out ALL of YC’s errors? And I did extol her virtues, of which she has many.

    So there!

  9. laksmi says:

    yeah, so there, carl. she showed you.

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