Privileged me

I know, I know, I had made the resolution that in my new blog there would be no memes, and instead, here I go again. Oh well… after all, resolutions are made to be broken anyway. In fact, I am doing this without even having been tagged — how bad is it…. However, for some reason this thing intrigues me, and so, having seen it at R.E.S.E.A.R.C.H.E.R.S., I am now going to find out how privileged I am.

In my humble opinion: very.


So, here we go:

1. Father went to college
no

2. Father finished college
no

3. Mother went to college
no

4. Mother finished college
no

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
yes— I have an uncle who is a neuro-surgeon

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
no

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
yes — most of which I never touched

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
not sure, I don’t think so…

9. Were read children’s books by a parent
yes

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
yes — English, French, swimming, horse-riding, tennis

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
See above

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Not sure…

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
HAHAHAHAHA… yeah, right…

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

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
yes — but in Italy tuition were essentially non-existent back then (early 80s)

16. Went to a private high school
yes — elementary school (Catholic, of course)

17. Went to summer camp
N-E-V-A — wanted to but, no

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
no

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
We actually did go camping when I was a child

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
yes — my parents were literally obsessed with clothes

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
yes — 1979 white Volkswagen Golf (wipes off a tear… what a great car… great memories.. sigh)

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
yes — mostly African artwork

23. You and your family lived in a single family house
yes — from 1977 until 1983

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

25. You had your own room as a child.
Never, always shared with my brother

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

27. Participated in a college entrance exam (eg. SAT/ACT) prep course
no

28. Had your own TV in your room
yes — technically, but it was a very old one that did not work well, we hardly ever watched it

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
no

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
yes — many times, as my father traveled abroad a lot for work, and family would often go along

31. Went on a cruise with your family
no

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
no

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

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.
yes


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.

4 Responses to “Privileged me”

  1. ScientistMother Says:

    i know this is a meme, but it does provide insight into the type of people that *usually* end up in university and why those that don’t come from the same background find it so challenging to fit in or feel part of the group

    • Massimo (formerly known as Okham) Says:

      Hmmm…. care to elaborate ?

      • transientreporter Says:

        Basically, we’re all privileged shits…
        But doesn’t it also imply that higher ed is MORE of an imperative for people from poorer backgrounds? Rich people who don’t go to college are still immersed in the culture of those who did, and hence they can talk, act and relate to them. People from poor backgrounds have to become “socialized” in this way, and the only place to learn this is in college.

        We can debate the merits and demerits of going to college. But you’ll still have to do business with people who did.

      • Massimo (formerly known as Okham) Says:

        Transient, to be honest I regard myself as privileged in the big scheme of things but, growing up in Italy in the 70s I did not feel that I was so much above the average, by way of comfort.
        I might have had nicer clothes than average, traveled more, had more books, but when I started out in college in 1981 there were students starting at the same time whose families had much lower income level than mine.
        University education was free (for all practical purposes), and public schools all over provided a decent background. On the way home, we were all on the same commuter train, rich and poor kids. I insist, things were different back then.
        And then the backlash started, and all of the things that people had fought for and that we all took for granted, were slowly but surely taken away.

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