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January 3rd, 2008
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What I Learned From the Privilege Meme

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Date:January 3rd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting. In my own case, my mother did not start working outside the home until I was 11. And by then we were living in an extended family situation with her parents, so there was always someone at home whether we liked it or not. *G* And, once again, I have to cite the inflation issue (which I am completely convinced has been skewed in 'official' reports for at least 30 years now). Electricity bills didn't eat up huge chunks of income, even WITH old-fashioned oil burners. Ditto groceries, property taxes, insurance, etc. etc. My parents owned their own home right after they were married---it was possible then. It really was a different world and I don't think this 'meme' does anything but type what HAD been quite the norm of most middle-class families as 'privilege'.
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Date:January 4th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
I don't think it's inflation by itself as much as a combination of wage stagnation with some inflation. Inflation has actually been pretty low and some things have actually gone down in price. Although apparently all that's about to change.

Anyway, I was using the phrase "keep the electricity on" as a metaphor for "pay the bills" or whatever.

My mother was home till I started high school. Life was much easier after that.

Edited at 2008-01-04 02:55 am (UTC)
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