Monday, January 21, 2008

How privileged were you?

I found this over at Yearning for God.

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.

Bold the true statements.

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 [kid's work is original!]

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 for your family.

6 comments:

Jan said...

Tiffany, thanks for visiting my blog! It's interesting to see where we shared our "privileges" and where we didn't.

Tiffany said...

Jan - It is interesting, isn't it? I really enjoy your blog and will definitely be visiting more often. I've added your feed. We seem to have a shared love of silence and solitude and spiritual practices. I look forward to being in touch!

Diane said...

yes, this is interesting! And also interesting to me to consider a generation before me. None of my grandparents granduated from high school, and my grandfather farmed, but did not own his own land until the children were grown.

Sally said...

Interesting list, I almost daren't do it! Welcome to revgals.

Songbird said...

It really gets a person thinking.
Welcome to RevGalBlogPals!

Kievas said...

We do have a lot of privileges that we sometimes take for granted. Welcome!