Tuesday, January 22, 2008

'Cause I Haven't Posted in a While

Seen at a bunch of places.

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.

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 (I'm not sure, I don't know many of my relatives; I grew up in an entirely nuclear family.)
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. (I think I have over a hundred of my own to pass down to my child.)
9. Were read children's books by a parent. (Oh! the stories my mother tells me of reading to me.)
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (I almost forgot the dance lessons when I was very young.)
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively. (Except when the media is being contemptuous of academic/intellectual types.)
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 (I think I won one very small scholarship.)
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18 (Ha! yeah, right)
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 (My mother & father's, but it was original & it does mean they had time to produce it. That was mostly when they were being hippie/bohemian types, but that's pretty much a class privilege also, isn't it.)
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 (I think my mother was still paying the mortgage, but it wasn't rented.)
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 (See #18.)
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school (But I grew up before that was the thing to do.)
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 (It was some offering from my mother's work, and there were a bunch of her colleagues also; I can't imagine us going otherwise.)
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.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Yeah, There's No Gender Inequalities

School Popularity Affects Girls’ Weights But why should we study boys? and why should we be concerned about the fact that there will always be someone at the bottom rung of the popularity ladder (because if there weren't, it wouldn't be a ladder now, would it.)

Giving Disorganized Boys the Tools for Success (Taking this at face value...) But why should we look into why girls are organized? or why boys don't "understood that in seventh grade he was responsible for handing in his homework, instead of waiting to be asked" (~12 paragraphs down on the webpage)?