Notorious RBG: Queen Supreme Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 7 Crack Commandments
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a bit of a badass. At age 82, she's taking pop culture by storm with her ballsy antics – like that time she fell asleep at the State of the Union address because she “wasn't 100 percent sober.”
Then there's her whole social media alias thing, "Notorious R.B.G." What started off as a random Tumblr-tribute page has grown into a quirky site that praises the justice with photoshopped images and funny gifs. The page has gained worldwide praise, spawning a slew of RBG merchandise, including mugs, hats, t-shirts and coasters.
It's easy to see why so many people love this small, ruffled-collared woman. Outside the glitz and glam of the Internet, RBG made a name for herself long before her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993; and 22 years later, she shows no signs of slowing down.
In her long tenure she has proven herself as an activist, legal pioneer, and feminist icon. Here are Notorious RBG's crack commandments to live by.
1. She was "Juicy" for women's rights when it was all a dream.
And she's kept up the good work to today.
2. RBG spits her game and talks her sh*t about abortion.
The next time you're freaking out about missing your period, you can thank RBG for having your back on abortion.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a harshly anti-abortion decision in 2007, Ginsburg showed her anger at the ruling, calling it “alarming,” because it especially targets women in low-income communities who can't afford abortions:
We will never see a day when women of means will not be able to get a safe abortion in this country," Ginsburg said in an interview with MSNBC. "The situation with abortion right now – all the restrictions – they operate against the woman who doesn't have freedom to move, to go where she is able to get safely what she wants.
3. You want that old thing black robe back?
When it comes to "Who wore it better: Supreme Court Justice style," there's no competition. RBG's a style star. Her delightful eccentricities totally translate to her otherwise drab wardrobe of traditional black Justice robes by pairing them with frilly and outlandish white collars and statement necklaces.
Outside the courtroom she's even more chic, favoring ladylike staples such as lace gloves, printed scarves and furry Russian-inspired hats that would make Anna Karenina jealous.
4. When it comes to gender norms, her words just "Hypnotize" us.
RBG perfected the art of leaning in long ago. She and her husband Martin Ginsburg maintained an egalitarian marriage. In fact, she hadn't cooked him a meal since 1980.
Ginsburg also credits her late husband for being an advocate for her career, putting her ambitions above his own. When she was nominated to a federal appeals court, her husband left his own successful practice in New York so the pair could move to Washington, DC, and opted for a career as a professor at Georgetown University instead.
5. She's a lot sicker than your average Judge Judy.
All hail the comeback queen. Ginsburg's sharp tongue and quick wit is well know on the DC streets, as was evident in a now-infamous interview with Diane Sawyer. When asked how many female supreme court justices would satisfy her, our girl had the perfect answer: "Nine."
She also shared some advice for dealing with the douchey men in our lives:
It sometimes helps to be a little deaf. That is advice that I followed not only in my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.
6. She's the "Big Poppa" of gay marriage in America.
Long before gay marriage was declared a Constitutional right in a landmark Supreme Court decision, RBG made sure her support for marriage equality was heard.
Leading up to the oral arguments, Ginsburg said in a Bloomberg interview it would “not take much adjustment” from the American people to understand why marriage equality is necessary. Ohh, snap!
7. She parties and bullsh*ts, SOTU Style.
It seems Notorius RBG makes it a point to be "not 100 percent sober" most of the time. The self-proclaimed wino says she likes to have a little vino with Justice Anthony Kennedy and posse before the annual State of the Union speech, and gives zero f*cks about nodding off during the drab affair.