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How Privileged Are You?

Check(list) your privilege.

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  1. Check off all the statements that apply to you.

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    I finished secondary school.
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    I finished college.
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    I went to private school and college.
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    My parents paid for my education.
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    I completed my master's (or can afford to complete it when I choose).
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    I have studied abroad.
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    I can read, write, and speak English fluently.
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    My parents speak to me in English.
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    I can read, write, and speak a second language.
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    I was allowed to study subjects of my choice.
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    Both my parents are college graduates.
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    As a child, I was encouraged to take up extracurricular activities.
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    My family allows me to work.
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    I’ve done unpaid internships.
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    I chose my own career path.
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    My job does not involve manual labour.
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    My job came with an employment contract.
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    My job has non-salary benefits.
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    I have changed career paths (or have the option to).
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    I pursued a career that doesn’t traditionally guarantee financial security.
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    My friends or family connections helped me access professional networks.
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    I didn’t start earning money before I was 18.
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    I am able to save money each month.
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    I am able to afford shopping recreationally, and eating and drinking out.
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    My parents help me with certain household expenses (rent, bills, or others).
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    My parents help me with all household expenses/I live with them.
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    My parents help me with government processes (license, pan card, taxes, or others).
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    I have a bank account in my own name.
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    My parents helped me set up that bank account.
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    My parents gave me pocket money growing up.
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    My family has never had to take loans from small moneylenders.
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    I didn’t receive hand-me-downs as a child.
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    I’ve bought things from abroad when they weren’t available locally.
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    I am not the sole earner in the family.
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    I have never been in debt.
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    I have never had to skip meals to save money.
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    I can afford to buy branded clothes.
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    I can afford not to take public transport.
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    My family has a car which I travel by.
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    My family has a driver.
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    I have travelled outside my city for leisure.
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    I’ve travelled out of the country for leisure.
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    I have never been a target of violence because of my caste.
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    I was oblivious to the caste system as a child.
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    I believe the caste system has no effect on one’s life and opportunities.
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    I have never been criticised or insulted for my skin colour.
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    I have never been called by a casteist slur.
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    I have never been rejected or restricted from a job because of my caste.
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    I have never been a target of violence or judgment for the food I eat.
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    I have never felt like hiding or changing my surname.
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    I have never felt my surname disadvantaged me for a job application.
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    I have never felt my surname disadvantaged me for a college application.
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    I have never been judged or targeted for my surname.
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    I have never bought a skin-lightening product.
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    I’ve never cleaned a commode.
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    I don’t personally grow or raise the food I eat.
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    I’ve bribed my way out of lawbreaking.
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    I have always had access to clean drinking water.
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    I have always had access to electricity.
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    My house has a cooling and/or heating system.
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    I have access to cable television.
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    I have had access to the internet since dial-up.
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    My school and university were in my own town.
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    I don't have to leave my house to access a toilet.
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    I don’t have to leave my house to access water.
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    I have never lived below the poverty line.
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    I have never been homeless.
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    I can afford essential services without government subsidies.
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    I didn’t understand the previous point.
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    There is a school and hospital in my town.
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    I have been vaccinated against major diseases.
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    I have access to a doctor when I fall ill.
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    My family has a doctor that we visit for any and all health issues.
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    I am a man.
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    I identify with the gender I was born as.
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    I have never been afraid in public spaces because of my gender.
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    I have never been sexually harassed or groped in public spaces.
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    I have never been sexually assaulted.
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    I have never been blamed for my own harassment or assault.
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    I feel comfortable going out alone at night.
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    I have never been shamed for the clothes I am wearing.
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    I am not under any pressure to get married.
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    My family cares about my career more than my marriage.
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    I don't do domestic tasks (cooking, cleaning, caretaking) at home.
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    I don’t know how to cook.
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    I expect my spouse to run my home and raise my children.
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    Women in my family are given the same access to education as the men.
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    Women in my family are allowed to travel without male chaperones.
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    Women in my family eat at the same time as the men.
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    I am straight.
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    I have never been called a homophobic slur.
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    I have never faced homophobic violence.
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    I have never hidden my sexuality from friends or family.
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    I have never thought about “coming out”.
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    My family accepted my choice of partner.
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    I had the freedom to choose my own religious practices.
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    My religion forms the majority where I live.
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    I have never faced violence or bullying because of my religion.
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    I have never had problems renting an apartment because of my religion.
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    I have never felt afraid in public because of my religion.
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    I have never been restricted from a friendship or relationship because of my religion.
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    I have been given access to every religious structure I went into.
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    Communities of my identity have not been persecuted en masse.
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    I have been free to date anybody I want.
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    I feel comfortable in my body.
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    I believe I am attractive.
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    I have never been told to change my body by family, friends, or partners.
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    My family and friends talk openly about mental health.
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    I can access therapy or medication for my mental health.
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    I see myself represented fairly in cinema, books, movies, TV, and online.
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    I trust law enforcement.
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    I do not have any physical disabilities.
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    I do not have any mental disabilities.
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    I do not have any learning disabilities.
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    My parents are not going to pay or ask for dowry when I marry.
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    I am free to eat with people from all religions and castes.
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    I have friends of multiple cultures, races, castes, regions, and genders.
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    I am free to eat whatever I want to.
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    I am free to live wherever I want to.
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    I am free to pray however, whenever, and wherever I want to.
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    I have not attempted to hide or change any identities I was born with.
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    I have not struggled to accept any identities I was born with.
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    I was not bullied as a child for any identities I hold.
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    I have not been estranged by any friends or family for any of my identities.
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    I feel proud of my identities.
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    I feel safe.
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    I feel free.
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