Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Enjoying my privilege

This afternoon I went downtown with my copy of Nickel and Dimed and sat reading it outside Starbuck's with a ginger ale from Mondeo. Mondeo makes its own ginger ale, very gingery and good. I couldn't help thinking that there I was in yuppieland downtown, sipping my ale, watching all the other privileged folks eating and drinking and wandering through, while I read this book. It wasn't so much ironic as what you might even expect: that I am the liberal comfortable middle-class person reading about those who work at the low end of the scale and feeling justifiably angry about their mistreatment. And no doubt the vast majority of those reading this book are just like me.

I think what I like most about the writer is that she very consciously considers where she really is, who she really is, does not inflate her position or flaunt her superior education. She not only respects the people she works with, she becomes them, as much as she is able. And knows that she is truly not in their position at the same time. She knows she is a fake.

  • The Jerry Bruckheimer Effect

    I suppose it is the curse of anyone who is musical to be unable to ignore music. I am plagued by the piped in music in stores and I choke when I hear…

  • Adventures Downtown

    Yesterday I went downtown three times. The first time I passed by the pasty place and decided to stop and get one. The second time was to pick up a…

  • (no subject)

    NetworkedBlogs Blog: Judith's Topics: Personal, Mental Illness, Animal Rights Follow my blog

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded