Here are some synonyms for WASP and their (downlinks) according to my take on it.
High Society, or simply Society (19th century America), Fresa (Mexican), Bourgeois (Bohemians), Republicans (Democrats, although this needs some discussion because the democrats who call Republicans “WASPs,” are often “Elites”), Capitalists (Socialists), The
Gentry (19th century England),
Rich (I was taught it is bad manners to call people ‘rich’), Newly Rich Middle Class-New Money (Upper Class-Old Money)
A WASP is not: The Elite (Power Brokers), Upper Class (modern social democracies), aristocracy (pre-20th century Western European), “The 400” (How many Mrs. Astor’s ballroom could hold in Victorian NYC)
Also, look: A WASP is not necessarily a W.A.S.P. (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) Some of my best friends are Hispanics and they fit into my WASP taxonomy.
But don’t expect some of us not to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps to reach for that top rung of the ladder; which ladder social anthropologist, Emile Durkheim, calls “social organization.” America is also the land of rugged individualism.
Most importantly for our purposes: A male curandero motivated by fame is not the same as a female WASP motivated by desire for Individuation (and for the curandero). That’s why Deseo is funny.