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.

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