Pinned: My Working-Class Articles

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“Dear Middle-Class Friends…” Series.

This series explores some concerns I have with the middle-class’ interactions with the financially underprivileged. I try to strike a balance between “lighthearted” and “brutally honest.”

  1. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Please Stop Doing These Tone-Deaf Things. I talk about some ways middle-class people unintentionally disregard the experiences of working-class and poor people.
  2. Dear Middle-Class Friends: We Do Not Have to Protect Your Ego. This is a far more serious piece I wrote in response to some backlash I received for the previous article.
  3. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Please Stop Saying These Tone-Deaf Things. I talk about some things middle-class people say that unintentionally come across as ignorant to other people’s lack of financial privilege.
  4. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Let’s Talk About Tipping! I challenge middle-class people to up their game when it comes to tipping. I also talk a bit about tipping in general.
  5. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Don’t Do These Tone-Deaf Things, Either. I talk about more tone-deaf things middle-class people sometimes do.
  6. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Let’s Talk about Health Insurance. I discuss life without sufficient coverage and the US healthcare system.

Articles Reflecting on My Working-Class Experiences.

These articles talk about some of the ways being working-class has affected my life.

  1. 4 Ways Growing Up Working-Class Has Affected Me. I talk about some everyday ways that growing up working-class shaped who I am today.
  2. 4 Habits My Middle-Class Friends Don’t Understand. I talk about some unique quirks I developed from my working-class upbringing.
  3. 3 Times I Was Painfully Aware of My Lack of Class Privilege. I talk about 3 instances in which my financially underprivileged status reared its ugly head.
  4. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Let’s Talk about Health Insurance. I discuss life without sufficient coverage and the US healthcare system.
  5. 3 Clues Someone May Have Been Financially Disadvantaged. I discuss subtle signs that someone may have grown up working-class or poor.

Articles about Related Topics.

These articles cover larger social issues surrounding things like money, employment, elitism, and class.

  1. If You Judge People’s Engagement Rings and Proposals, You Suck. (Topic: classism in American wedding culture.)
  2. Dear Middle-Class Friends: Let’s Talk about Tipping! (Topic: classism, elitism, poor treatment of “low-skill” employees, low wages.)
  3. No, You (Likely) Won’t Get Rich Writing on Medium. (Topic: wealth accumulation, competition, implied capitalism, writing.)
  4. Hey Employers: Ageism Won’t Solve the Hiring Crisis. (Topic: employment, workplace culture, ageism, implied capitalism)
  5. Hey Starbucks Customers: Baristas Do Not Need Your Permission to Gripe. (Topic: classism, elitism, service industry, workplace culture, poor treatment of “low skilled” employees)
  6. 3 Things You Do Not Have to Tolerate in the Workplace. (Topic: employment, workplace culture.)
  7. 3 Ways the Personal Finance Industry Fails to Help Low-Income People. (Topic: personal finance, money, elitism, class differences.) I discuss some of the ways personal finance ignores income inequality.

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Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

College instructor who writes about life, pop culture, and growing up working-class.