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Can a “grown-up” blog still have memes?

Normally, I’d say no but really this one is worth it.

I’m a big proponent of being aware of privilege in society. I’m not a fan of shaming people because they have privilege, but I do think it is imperative to be aware of the individual aspects of our lives that we should be grateful for and/or seek to change about our world.

Privilege is about awareness and about appreciating that politics, economics and in many cases, the luck of the draw, puts us all in positions above and below others. Being aware of privilege can only help you become a more socially conscious person.

Awareness brings action, through voting or activism to help equalize the parts of society that we can control and to collectively help eradicate bigotry through ignorance.

This little meme is pretty basic on the privileges and it focuses on class. It helps remind us of the things that a lot of us in the middle-class take for granted.

With that said, here is the meme on Privilege:

Privilege Meme
Bold the ones that are true for you.

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

Father went to college–my father put himself through college by working two or three jobs. He came from an impoverished family and had to pay for everything himself. Father finished college–duel major in physics and russian
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
–college was not an option for my mother after high school. She had $2,000 that her mother had given her. It was enough for one year of college or all of nursing school. So she went to nursing school. She was 40 years old when she went back to school to get her bachelor’s degree.
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
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–my parents read quite a bit more than that, but a pack rat my mother was not. She often tossed books or gave them away after she read them.
Were read children’s books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18.
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively–unfortunately people who look like me are not portrayed well at all!
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–my father’s life insurance should have paid for a majority, but with travel and out-of-state expenses, costs went way above the amount we received.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp–I never went to camp as a kid. But in high school, I went to several academic camps–aspiring lawyers, debate and journalism.
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
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
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home By owned, I’m assuming this doesn’t mean paid-off. My parents were homeowners my whole life, but they still have never paid off a mortgage.
You had your own room as a child(I was an only child)
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course–but I did have private driving lessons. I was a year younger than others in my class so I couldn’t take drivers Ed at school.
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
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
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

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