1. a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.
"education is a right, not a privilege"
synonyms: advantage, benefit;
I grew up in unincorporated Columbus, Ohio in 1952. Second child, first daughter. Soon there were 6 of us children. Those were the days when only the Dad worked away from home. He was a carpenter and during the winters, he was mostly laid off.
It was, for me, a great childhood. While we were not poor by any means, we were definitely lower middle class. One car. Hand me downs from cousins. Never missed a meal but often had beans on toast. (Which I still love to this day!)
Recently on Facebook someone posted a "quiz" to see how "privileged" you are. Since I am not black and I am heterosexual, I came up with pretty darned privileged! Here is where I object to being part of a special "advantaged" group. I could not choose to be any other race. I am what I am. Just like I can't choose to be transgender or bisexual or gay.
When I moved away from home, it was a step up in life for me. I probably earned almost the same as my father did ... by being a secretary/bookkeeper. Each time I changed jobs, it was another step up in pay and status. For the life of me, I don't think I am where I am because I am "privileged." I worked hard, commuted and helped raise a kidlet who is rather ashamed of her "privilege".
Sorry I just don't feel privileged. I feel very LUCKY to have had humble beginnings and great parents who raised me to reach higher. To give to community. To use my talents.
Here's a link to this totally unbiased quiz ..
See what you think!