I’m not sure what you mean by ‘real’ or ‘genuine’ life experiences. I consider myself middle class, hold a professional degree, attended a private university, was a member of a sorority while there and had a serious Ralph Lauren Polo habit while I was in high school. However, the Polo was paid for with baby-sitting money, and I cleaned houses to help defray college expenses. I’ve lost friends to violence and AIDS. From what exactly is my oh-so-relative economic status supposed to protect me?