Category Archives: High WASP

To The Princeton “Privilege Guy,” From A Middle-Aged Princeton Mother And Alumna


  Recently, you may have read an article or two about Tal Fortgang. He’s a Princeton freshman who wrote a piece for an on-campus publication (I’d never heard of) called “The Princeton Tory,” Tal questions the request to “Check your privilege.” Although he’s a white male, he points to his his family’s persecution in the […]

Dyeing Easter Eggs Long Ago, Or, Saturday Morning at 11:59am


It’s Easter and Passover season. To say nothing of Holi, last week’s Hindu festival. There may be other significant cultural and religious holidays around now, but those are all I know. To everyone, then,  greetings. In fact, I grew up in a non-religious household. I may be the only sibling who emerged a bona fide […]

How To Wear Nantucket Reds By Current/Elliot, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:11am


This morning I have to point you to a conversation taking place elsewhere in the blogosphere. I’m going to assume that many of you read Muffy Aldrich’s blog, The Daily Prep,. It may be new to others. Muffy started posting in 2010, in reaction to the co-opting of the term, “Preppy.” She herself fits the […]

Reader’s Choice: “My Family’s Houses”


As often happens, when the time is right for a certain initiative, the universe will explain. Recently a few readers have been talking to me about my archives, either in comments on old posts (Philippa, thank you), or in emails. Sandra Sallin, in particular, suggested that I repost a few pieces from the archives. So […]

Talk Show Interviews As The New Personality Test, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:12am


Do we all love a good personality quiz? Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines in years gone by. I suppose online dating sites have taken over, for the most part. Wait, has an enterprising psychologist fielded an MMPI-2 Facebook game? Someone should. In any case, a new quiz occurred to me yesterday. Succinct and to the point. […]

The Post About High WASPs


If you’ve just landed here, I need to say one thing before you read. My Twitter bio says “I try not to be a jerk,” and that’s true. I’ve got good intentions; I may occasionally fail to execute. If you’ve been around for a while, all this will be familiar, perhaps restated all in one […]

A Personal Review Of “I Am Love” And “Seating Arrangements”


It’s been a while since I addressed my odd High WASP culture. Those of you old-timers who find the theme annoying, please (as Faux Fuchsia would say), Look Away Now™. Those of you new to the blog, I ask your forbearance. This is a complicated topic*.  We’re throwing in a book and a movie review […]

Some Days You Don’t Want To Live Up To Your Clothes. Am I Right?


Some days I just don’t want to live up to my clothes. Perhaps the physical fails. My hair isn’t clean enough, my eyes not bright, I’m tired. Perhaps it’s the emotional. Every now and then I misplace my will. Don’t want to soldier on. But, well, that’s what they pay us for. In those moments, […]

Tommy Hilfiger: The Brand, The Perfume, The Giveaway


Tommy Hilfiger was born on March 24th, 1951 – most likely with the real name of Thomas Jacob Hilfiger. On February 9, 2012, he (to be more precise, his exceptionally civil and personable PR rep) offered a giveaway to the readers of Privilege. We cannot, however, give away a perfume called “Eau de Prep,” and […]

Why Do High WASPs Eat Wheat Thins For Lunch?


via 6bittersweets At the top of the list of assumed WASP traits sits our presumed diet, replete with mayonnaise, gin, and all other forms of beige and clear foodstuffs. Go poke around your popular culture venue of choice, look up WASPs, and you’ll see. I’ll wait, you look. Done? Need help finding the kind of […]