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Privilege Check On Aisle Nine

Okay I gave in/up and took a Buzzfeed Quiz. Or wait, it’s actually a checklist. Does that count?



You’re quite privileged. You’ve had a few struggles, but overall your life has been far easier than most. This is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of. But you should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don’t have them. Thank you for checking your privilege.

No, thank you.


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diplostreetmix (#4,472)

That was one of the stupidest quizzes I have ever seen.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

This isn’t as bad as the “Who’s the least privileged?” bracket that went around a while back, but it still smacks of the same sentiment. I know that the intentions were probably good, but it feels like a tool for people to prove their right to be self-righteous.

I think that more people should understand the privilege that they have, but I’m not sure that a social media quiz will ever be the format to accomplish that.

E$ (#1,636)

60 here. I knew I would score pretty highly but I have to admit I didn’t think of my parents’ marital status as an aspect of privilege (even though it is).

jquick (#3,730)

@E$ Yeah. My parents are miserable, but they are still together.

andnowlights (#2,902)

Welllll according to this quiz, I’m not privileged. Yay! Except I completely am. I think the problem with this quiz is that it tries to cover ALL the ways in which people are privileged, when actually there are a lot of different ways. For instance: I am a white, straight, employed, married cisgendered female who does not have any student loans of my own and have never been homeless, addicted to any kind of illegal drug, never unwilling gone to bed hungry and my upper-middle class parents sent me to private middle and high school and summer camp and ballet, etc. Straight up white girl privilege. However, there are other aspects of my life in which maybe I’m not so privileged- I have (thankfully progressively less serious) ADHD, a history of disordered eating, etc. I don’t know that those things are enough to make me fall out of the “privileged” category, though. I got a big ol’ “not privilege” on this quiz. False. I am a conscious individual who knows what Sallie Mae is because I read finance blogs, not because I don’t have student loans.

Also, if I never hear the word “privilege” again, it will be too soon.

garli (#4,150)

@andnowlights Hi five! I got 32. aka: “You’re not privileged at all.”

I too am white, cis gendered, hetero who has an LD (dyslexia) and went to fancy college. I have gone to bed hungry, been evicted, divorced parents, strangers assume I’m not white and try to touch my hair and most people assume I’m gay. Or did before I married a guy.

Also I have student loans but I don’t think any of them are from Sallie May, am I crazy?

andnowlights (#2,902)

@garli I don’t think you’re crazy at all. I think that quiz is dumb and tries to do too much!

jquick (#3,730)

@andnowlights Always learning something new. Never heard of cisgender and now it’s written twice in 2 comments.

Goodie (#5,447)

@jquick Im the same, i had to google it

ThatJenn (#916)

@andnowlights Yeah, only Buzzfeed could write a quiz where I would come up as “not privileged at all.” I’m a white upper-middle-class (in upbringing and close in current status) cis lady who currently benefits from heterosexual privilege, even if I’m not straight. In what world is that unprivileged?!

samburger (#5,489)

Oh my god this is TERRIBLE WHYYY

It told me I “not privileged at all,” essentially because I am gay and not a man???


Goodie (#5,447)

I got 39 so not priveleged.
You’re not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You’ve had your fair share of struggles, and you’ve worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help.

the_famou_boat (#6,415)

This reminds me of a recent piece on thehairpin re: policymic’s asinine “this is what america will look like in 2050 and omg it’s beautiful” article. It’s progressivism made easy: microwave for five minutes and serve! Looking at the quiz, I guess I’d score somewhere around a 40-50 but the question of which “combo” of depressed gay poor non-white orphaned etc. etc. wins the gold star makes me feel sick.

Trilby (#191)

Some of the questions are kind of stupid and show a prejudice in favor of things like owning a car in high school. How about if you grew up in an upper east side NY townhouse and took the subway to your elite private school? Is that not privileged enough. Truly one of the few kids at my school who drove daily was Jeffrey Katzenberg who had a car because he worked for Mayor Lindsay after school. Sometimes he gave me a lift cuz he had a crush on me. I thought he was too big a nerd to take seriously (wah, wah!). And more privilege I’m not even going to go into but no, I didn’t have a car in high school, unlike every suburban and country hooligan.

peacheater (#733)

@Trilby I agree, some of the questions were quite stupid and were not good indicators of privilege or lack thereof. The car question above and also the one about whether you rely on public transport. I do rely on public transport to get to work, but am really happy to! I think of being able to commute to work on a train, where I can read and zone out as a privilege! Similarly, why would your parents paying some or all of your bills be considered a privilege once you’re out of college? They would if I needed them to (which is a privilege), but they don’t need to because I earn enough to pay my bills (also a privilege, I suppose). And I’ve never had to take out a student loan, but I definitely know what Sallie Mae is.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Trilby Ahhh, clearly you do not benefit from Suburban Privilege, the Only True Privilege.

Non-anonymous (#1,288)

You lost me at “Buzzfeed.”

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