Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been on the Supreme Court since 1993. She is experiencing a period of pop culture notoriety few justices–even Supreme Court justices–ever enjoy, no matter how impactful their work might be. As a feminist icon at home in the politics of the Left, she now graces t-shirts, coffee mugs, and dorm rooms under her catchy moniker: the Notorious RBG. She’s also the subject of a glossy documentary, which I decided to see with a way-more-progressive friend in the week of its release to the big screen.
Now, please understand, I do not describe myself as a feminist. I identify as a girl from the South who grew up in the Age of Reagan, which is a lot different from being a woman tied to Brooklyn who was born during the Great Depression. I went to state universities rather than elite institutions. I find talk of a “living Constitution” to be a necessary paving stone in the road to tyranny. I sincerely believe “the right to choose” is akin to “the right to murder.” And I hate opera. Like. Seriously hate opera. Yet I admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg.More