I really respond to this. I am beyond privileged to have the birthright to two powerful passports, of which I am very grateful. Once, while traveling with my then-boyfriend, a Turkish citizen, in Europe, I kept noticing that he was often given far more scrutiny than I for simple things like airport security or customs. At first, I was irritated with having to constantly wait for the process to resolve itself, but I began to realize that the ease of my travel is a form of my privilege of birth. It was the first time I had really noticed this, as growing up surrounded by Americans, this privilege is often missed.

A queer, herbivorous, leftist Viking. I write about society, justice, and popular media. UChicago grad. Based in Iceland.

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