Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Privilege Survey

As always, the memes that catch my attention are the ones that require you to say something about yourself. This one is from an unusual and interesting angle.  I got it from cellio, after seeing it in a couple of other places.

Edited to change the "art" answer.

Bold means the statement is true, italic means I don't know or it's complicated:

  • Father went to college (Cornell)
  • Father finished college (I think he got a Master's, but I'm not sure offhand)
  • Mother went to college (ditto -- it's where they met)
  • Mother finished college (Bachelor's, I believe)
  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (my uncle, who has taught at various universities)
  • Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (awfully hard to judge)
  • Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
  • Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (Not completely sure, although it's plausible.  Certainly we didn't own as many as msmemory and I now do, but we did have a fair number.)
  • Were read children's books by a parent (I think, although I'm not 100% certain)
  • Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (Not really sure how to categorize "lessons".  Do after-school activities like madrigals and cello count, if they're school-associated?)
  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (Ditto.)
  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively ("Like me" is pretty vague, but I'll assume they mean yes.)
  • Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (No, although my first was not long after.)
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs (Close enough, anyway.  I did have a job for most of college, but that was more paying the luxuries rather than the necessities.)
  • Went to a private high school (Princeton Day -- fun, weird, experimental.  Main reason I survived high school.)
  • Went to summer camp (Until I was about 14, and then started working every summer.)
  • Had a private tutor before you turned 18 (Not unless you count my Dad teaching me programming.)
  • Family vacations involved staying at hotels (Occasionally, anyway.)
  • Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (Mostly from Sears)
  • Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (No -- drove my Mom's old car through college.)
  • There was original art in your house when you were a child (On second thought, yes. It was generally "folk art" -- but at least one of those folk artists wound up in the Smithsonian.)
  • Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
  • You and your family lived in a single family house
  • Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
  • You had your own room as a child (Not counting a few years when I slept on the living room couch when staying with Dad; when they bought the new house, I got what amounted to my own suite.)
  • Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course (God forbid -- I think my Mom would have disowned me.  She worked for ETS for many years, and had a pretty low opinion of most such courses.)
  • Had your own TV in your room in High School
  • Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College (Not in my own name, but I believe my grandfather had probably already started my trust fund.)
  • Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (Constantly.  I was flying regularly on my own by the time I was about 11.  These are some of the reasons I am so cynical about the modern assumptions about children's fundamental incompetence.  Heck, I was navigating for my father's plane by the time I was about 8.)
  • Went on a cruise with your family (Never did a cruise until this year, although that was mainly lack of interest.)
  • Went on more than one cruise with your family
  • Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (A few, although we were much more likely to go to ballet or opera in NYC.)
  • You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (And the value of money in general...)

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