I'm working class through-and-through. Proper, full-on, broken home, council estate childhood. And proud. Unfortunately, this seems to be a bit of a rarity in the blogging world. At least when it comes to the top bloggers: All nice, well-spoken, middle class girls*. This seems to have extended to social media, too. Time and time again, I see derogatory comments about people on benefits, council estates and those who get grants under income-assessed student loans (don't get me started on the latter!)
*Edit: It's been brought to my attention that this sounds like a dig at other bloggers. This isn't what I intended at all. What I meant was that, in blogging circles, I've often felt alone in my background, especially as the top bloggers (by which I mean the bloggers who are household names) appear to be from middle-class backgrounds.
- Being repeatedly told during my teacher training that children on free school meals won't achieve as much as those who aren't.
- Again at university, being told that a child living in a council house won't have as high a quality of life as someone who lives in their own house
- Once again at university, a lecturer saying that children from council estates "won't have the same opportunities as you would have had". Ah yes, because there's definitely nobody from a council estate on this course...
- Being on a bus going through my estate as three teenage girls behind me giggled and said "I've never been through a council estate before! This is like a safari!"
- Withdrawing some money from my student grant when a friend said "I wish my parents were poor so I'd get more money!" Yeah... this extra £1000 really makes up the shortfall
- My little brother being predicted Cs for his GCSEs, even though he is working at A-grade standard, because the predictions are based on postcode
- Telling a guy I was seeing that I don't have a shower and having him reply "What? Not even in the en suite?"
- Attending a pre-application job interview (that's a thing in teaching) and being asked where my parents lived. It was 2011.