Lynn Gold (figmo) wrote,
Lynn Gold
figmo

Privilege Meme

Ganked from firecat....

Instructions and Scoring

Take the questions one at a time. Don’t relate them to any before or after.

Add 1 point if the item describes your situation (Y)

Subtract 1 point if it does not (N)

Put zero (0) if it does not relate to your situation (ie if you have no children and the question relates to children or if cell phones were not available at the time mentioned).
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A) Education

1. If all your grandparents could read and write
2. If your father finished grade school (8 years)
3. If your father finished high school (12 years)
4. If your father went to college (1 or more years) or completed trade school
5. If your father finished college
6. If your father has a PhD (or international equivalent)
7. If your mother finished grade school (8 years)
8. If your mother finished high school (12 years)
9. If your mother went to college or completed trade school
10. If your mother finished college
11. If your mother has a PhD (or international equivalent)
12. If you have any relative other than your parents who is an attorney, physician, engineer, accountant, judge, high elected official (senator/governor/chief minister etc.) or professor.
13. If you finished grade school
14. If you finished high school
15. If you went to college or completed trade school
16. If you finished college
17. If you have a PhD
18. If your family was the same or higher class than your school teachers
19. If you have a commercial driver’s license or any pilot’s license
20. If you went to a private (not government run) grade school
21. If you went to a private high school
22. If you had a private tutor

B) Insurance and Pensions-Future Security

1. If your parents had life insurance
2. If you have life insurance now
3. If your parents had a retirement fund (401K, RRSP or international pension equivalent)
4. If you have a retirement fund (same as above)
5. If you live in a country with an old age pension/social security/Medicare
6. If you live in a country with an unemployment insurance scheme
7. If you live in a country with a welfare/social assistance system (even food stamps or gov’t coupons)
8. If you live in a country with government controlled guaranteed rationing of food or other goods
9. If you live in an area with regular food banks (charitable food distribution systems not run by government and not emergency or interim food aid)

C) Health

1. If you had access to and received routine immunization as a child (any of diphtheria/polio/chicken pox/small pox etc.)
2. If you were born in a hospital or at home with a qualified trained midwife or doula
3. If you went to a paid dentist (not a school or free clinic dentist) as a child
4. If you have health insurance or live in a country with socialized medicine
5. If you have insurance that covers prescription drug costs
6. If you have dental insurance
7. If you have access to specialists (dermatologist/cardiologist/oncologist etc)
8. If you do not have a debilitating chronic illness (one that prevents full time work)

D) Employment

1. If one or both of your parents were continually employed when you grew up (as opposed to seasonal work, agriculture or sporadic employment)
2. If you have been continually employed for the past 5 year or more
3. If you have been promoted in the past 3 years
4. If you drive a company car or have an expense account
5. If you have your own office or separate work area that is for your exclusive use (as opposed to being shared like in a factory)

E) Living Conditions

1. If you had an indoor toilet at home while growing up
2. If you had reliable electricity while growing up
3. If you never had head lice or parasites while growing up
4. If you never had persistent (half the time) vermin (mice/rats/cockroaches) in your home while growing up
5. If neither of your parents were alcoholics or drug abusers
6. If your mother could have had a paying job (if permission of a family member/religious authority was not required)
7. If your mother had no restriction to access to birth control (social, economic or religious restriction)
8. If your mother could have obtained a driver’s license if she wanted to (ignoring cost etc.)
9. If your family had access to a large food store or market while growing up
10. If you did not experience physical violence while growing up
11. If you or a member of your immediate family were not a victim of a serious crime while growing up
12. If your parents were able to vote for government representation on any level (variations of democracy)
13. If you are able to vote on any level
14. If neither of your parents have been in jail/prison
15. If you have never been in jail/prison
16. If you are not a refugee
17. If your country has not experienced a war on its own soil or martial law while you were growing up
18. If your neighborhood was principally of your own ethnicity
19. If your neighborhood was principally White

F) Access to Information/Communications

1. If you had a telephone at home while growing up
2. If you had a phone in your room
3. If you had your own cell phone before age 21
4. If you had a television at home while growing up
5. If you had your own TV as a child or teen
6. If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
7. If you had your own computer at home when you were growing up
8. If you had access to and used a public library on a regular basis (more than once a month)
9. If you had more than 50 books at home when you were growing up
10. If you had more than 500 books at home when you were growing up
11. If you were read children’s books by a parent when you were growing up
12. If your family received a newspaper delivery when you were growing up
13. If your family received postal delivery at home when you were growing up

G) Leisure

1. If you participated in “official” organized sports outside of school as a child (with leagues, uniforms etc)
2. If you participated in community activities as a child (cadets, cub scouts, choirs, dance troupes, clubs, etc)
3. If you ever had lessons [music, arts, sports] of any kind as a child or a teen
4. If you had two or more kinds of lessons as a child or a teen
5. If most people in the media [TV, movies] were of the same cultural background as you
6. If most people in the media [TV, movies] who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively
7. If you went to summer camp or school camp on holidays
8. If you have visited another country once while growing up
9. If you have been to another country more than once as a child or teen
10. If you had vacations away from your state or regional birthplace as a child (over 100 kilometers or miles away)
11. If your vacations involved staying at hotels rather than campgrounds or at relatives homes
12. If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
13. If you ever went on a cruise
14. If a parent or close relative took you to museums and art galleries as a child or teen
15. If a parent or close relative took you to free movies, plays or concerts as a child
16. If a parent or close relative took you to paid-admission movies, plays or concerts as a child

H) Bank and Finances

1. If you had a credit card with your name on it before age 21
2. If you currently have a credit card or bank loan
3. If you had less than $5000 in student loans when you graduated
4. If you graduated with no student loans
5. If you had a bank account as a child
6. If you have a trust account
7. If you have more than 6 months wages in bank savings (excluding pension funds)

I) Property Ownership

1. If all of your clothing had been “factory” made (not made at home by a relative)
2. If all of your clothing had been new (not previously worn by someone else)
3. If your parents had a car
4. If your parents had more than one car
5. If your parents gave you a car
6. If your parents gave you a new car
7. If there was original art (hand made and purchased-not magazine or calendar art) in your house as a child or teen

J) Housing and Geography

1. If you were born in the country in which you currently reside
2. If there were non-religious picture on the walls of your home as a child
3. If you and your family lived in a single-family house when you were a child
4. If you currently life in a single family house
5. If your parent owned their own house or apartment or land when you were a child or teen
6. If you have or had a mortgage (house loan)
7. If you have paid off your mortgage or own a home in your own name
8. If you had your own bed as a young child
9. If you had your own room as a child or teen
10. If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
11. If your country has a mass transport system (trains, buses, airlines)
12. If your country has ports (access to the ocean)
13. If your country has a temperate climate (not tropical and not below freezing for more than 5 months of the year)

K) General Demographics

1. If you are male
2. If both your parents are of the same ethnicity
3. If both your parents are White
4. If your significant other or spouse is within the same ethnic community as you
5. If you have a co-parent for your children (This means you are not a single parent)
6. If you heterosexual
7. If you now the same gender as you were born
8. If you are 1 or more inches taller than the average person of your gender and ethnicity
9. If you do not have large scars, tattoos, birth defect (ie cleft palate) or a serious notable skin condition (ie vitiligo) on normally visible parts of the body
10. If you are in a relationship AND legally married
11. If you are not disabled
12. If you are under age 40
13. If you are not divorced
14. If you are not widowed


My score is around 49. I had to guess a few of the questions (for example, how do you answer if your father had a doctorate-level degree other than a PhD?) and wasn't sure what to do when both yes and no applied to some (significant other and myself within the same ethnic community, as both "yes" and "no" apply, given that we're both multi-ethnic).
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