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Thu Dec 10, 2015, 11:41 PM

Everyday Feminist: If you wake up rested or drive a car, it's because of privilege

Do real people really think like this?

http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/everyday-class-privilege/

When I landed my first-ever full-time, salaried job, I experienced firsthand what class mobility felt like. Just like that – in what felt like an instant – everything changed. I could finally go out to happy hour without counting my drinks. I could budget to buy really good gifts for my family during the holidays. I could afford to buy fresh produce every week at the grocery store. But I never stopped being aware of how different life had been when I was underemployed, underpaid, overworked, and stretched for cash.

Class privilege can show up in really big, visible ways in our world. Folks with money have access to every institution and organization they dream of, whereas some of us have to work full-time to get through school or can’t enroll at all. Families with bigger budgets can afford to live in neighborhoods their local government gives a damn about. And while some of us are scraping by to pay our taxes, our rent, and our bills, other folks are busy packing for vacations, investing in opening up their dream businesses, or entering into a salient retirement.

None of that is fair.

If you did any of these six things today, you’ve got some class privilege to deal with.

(Please note that while the snarky comments are my own, the numbered examples of "privilege" are directly quoted)

1. You Woke Up Well Rested

Eight hours of sleep? Privilege!

2. You Paid for Convenience

Buying a coffee at Starbucks? Privilege!

3. You Called in Sick

*Cough* *Cough* "Boss, I can't make it in today." Privilege!

4. You Used Your Car or Took Reliable Public Transit

Hopping on the light rail? Privilege!

5. You Got Paid for All Your Hours at Work

You got an honest day's pay for an honest day's work? Privilege!

6. You Bought Fresh, Healthy Food at the Grocery Store

"Hey, that broccoli looks pretty good. I think I'll buy it." Privilege!

I feel so guilty.... However will I deal with it?


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Reply Everyday Feminist: If you wake up rested or drive a car, it's because of privilege (Original post)
Juan Rico Dec 2015 OP
steelysunshine Dec 2015 #1
GiovanniJones Dec 2015 #2
oldenuff35 Dec 2015 #3
Dukota01 Dec 2015 #4
Ajax Dec 2015 #5
id-entity Dec 2015 #8
Bob the Bilderberger Dec 2015 #6
fncceo Dec 2015 #7
id-entity Dec 2015 #9

Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2015, 11:45 PM

1. It's the kind of thing only a navel gazing retard could write.

She's all look at me I get it I really do. But, not so much. A lot of people for example mainly homeless buy fast food because they have no place to cook a meal or make coffee. Yet, by her definition they are privileged.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 12:02 AM

2. I love when people tell me I'm privileged.

Makes me feel better about myself. Here I thought I was just a regular guy. Being privileged totally kicks ass!!

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 01:09 AM

3. We can do all of those things every day because,,,,,,,we earned it!!!!!!!!! What a concept!!!!!!!

Military, work, college, work, marriage, more work,,,her college, me much more work, she finally work, me still working, she find good job in her field, I'm still working but now going back to college, both still working.

No arrests, no bad bills, no drugs, no booze, and we even stayed married and raised our own kid together...

What a concept, we earned it over a period of years and never did we think that anyone should give us anything...

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 01:11 AM

4. Class privledge?

That's just good old fashioned hard work.

Everyone's got to have an excuse for their failure.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 01:11 AM

5. The use of the word 'Privilege' in these sorts of things is a big mess.

That article really isn't all that bad.

It points out some of the things poor people have to deal with on a daily basis that those of us who aren't poor might have never taken into account. But instead of just labeling the article like that, they throw the word 'privilege' in there. In my opinion, doing that, turns this article that could educate into an article that castigates.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 05:22 AM

8. +1

Basic dignity and decent good life is not "privilege". The problem is the oppression and exploitation that denies dignified way of life from so many of us. Of course emotional beings with empathy can and do trip guilt over not feeling as oppressed and exploited as some others, but that doesn't really help.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 01:18 AM

6. The politics of envy

There will always be plenty of people who resent what others have and support politicians who promise to make the government do something about it.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 02:53 AM

7. What's the point in belonging to an upper class ...

... if you don't have privilege?

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Response to fncceo (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 11, 2015, 05:34 AM

9. There's no point

in any pecking order, power hierarchy, those at the "top" feel more "have to" instead of "free to" than those they perceive as their underlings. The "have to" lack of personal freedom does not originate from the very top, but from internalizing the power hierarchy system itself. And of course those that stress with that tend to pass the stress "beneath" them by pecking etc. petty tyrant action.

Feel of "Free to" comes from stopping to believe in the importance of the hierarchy and giving it emotional power, and treating others as peers instead of uppers and lowers.

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