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Why Some Women Are Getting Tattoos Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Face
Refinery 29 ^ | April 27, 2018 | Natalie Gontcharova

Posted on 09/15/2018 12:34:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The documentary film RBG, in theaters May 4, portrays Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a hard-nosed workaholic with more than a few wins for women's rights under her jabot. But it also highlights, rather pointedly, her influence on The Youths. In several scenes, fawning would-be attorneys run up to her to ask for her autograph or take a selfie.

The adoration has extended to pop culture, and the film makes a mountain out of things the sober Supreme Court Justice hasn't historically paid a whole lot of attention to: memes (obviously, Notorious RBG), SNL, and most certainly not tattoos.

While flattered by superfans who get tattoos of her face, the 85-year-old has also said she was "a little distressed that people are really doing that." It's permanent. She's more traditional than that. But this hasn't stopped people from commemorating her with ink.

Amy Wallace, a 34-year-old attorney in Minneapolis, got a Rosie the Riveter-inspired RBG sleeve last year, which had a blink-or-you'll-miss-it cameo in the new film. "Justice Ginsburg is my only personal hero, and as an atheist, my adoration of her is the closest thing I get to personal worship," she told Refinery29. "The secular iconography of Rosie the Riveter mashed up with Justice Ginsburg seemed like a perfect articulation of the way I feel about her." The idea for it came after seeing someone else's tattoo of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a modern, feminist twist (A.K.A. standing inside a vulva instead of surrounded by a religious halo).

Wallace met Justice Ginsburg when she visited the University of Minnesota for a talk in October 2014. "The other clerk in the office I was working in at the time was salty about being required to go to the event — he said he wasn't interested because it wasn't Justice [Antonin] Scalia, and gave me his ticket."

"I couldn't believe his bad taste or my good fortune," she added. "When I met her, I was so overawed by her presence that I burst into tears before I could even get a word out."

As a woman who was putting herself through law school at night and working full-time, Wallace said she could relate to Justice Ginsburg. The new documentary details how RBG excelled in law school while taking care of both her young daughter and her husband Marty, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer. She would stay up almost all night, helping him with his own law-school coursework, and get about two hours of sleep. "I felt a kinship with her as a fellow second-shift sister," Wallace said.

But the biggest reason she idolizes the justice is her fearless, groundbreaking work. "I love her not only for her feminist jurisprudence, but also for the quiet influence she's had privately with all those straight, white, rich dudes who’ve rotated through the court over the years," she said. "Heaven help us if she’d never been on the bench."

Wallace is not the only fan of the justice to depict her in permanent ink. Jasmine Wardle, a 24-year-old working on her Master's in public health in Salt Lake City, sports a sleeve of a younger RBG, perhaps during her attorney days with the ACLU, with soft brown curls and big blue eyes.

Underneath the tattoo, it says, "I dissent," referring to the justice's increasing number of dissenting opinions in her later years on the Supreme Court. Wardle said she chose the young RBG because she wanted to "honor the woman who worked her ass off to get to the Supreme Court and everything she had to do to get there."

"RBG is an idol of mine," Wardle, a Planned Parenthood volunteer and sex educator, told Refinery29. "Her dedication to equal rights inspires me. Fighting for reproductive justice and sex education in a state as conservative as Utah is tough, but she reminds me to keep fighting for what I believe in."

Wallace and Wardle's tattoos have a serious, defiant tone, but Lexi Parkhurst, a 20-year-old college student in Melbourne, FL, decided to go the more humorous route for hers. (For the record, Wardle and Parkhurst's tattoos weren't featured in the film.)

"I wanted to dedicate something to someone who has done so much for the good of the people, and women especially," Parkhurst told Refinery29. "So the crown? Biggie Smalls! [Ed. note: She's referring to the iconic 1997 photo of the Notorious B.I.G.] It had to make an appearance in the piece, and who else would rock that crown other than the Notorious RBG?" The glass of red wine? That's an homage to the justice admitting "I wasn't 100% sober" after catching some ZZZs at the 2015 State of the Union. (Respect.)

Undoubtedly part of the reason to tattoo RBG is is the desire to keep her alive longer, because even though she has said she's not retiring anytime soon, the "flaming feminist litigator" is in her 80s. As someone who has helped create the ACLU Women's Rights Project and pushed for women's equality her entire career, she's someone whom feminists need as a thorn in Trump's side for as long as she is up to the task. Coupled with her unexpected zeitgeisty coolness, it's not hard to see why people are letting her get under their skin.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Government; Politics; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ginsburg; hardnose; mentalillness; nose; rbg; scotus; supremecourt; tattoos
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1 posted on 09/15/2018 12:34:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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Wow, Powerful!

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2 posted on 09/15/2018 12:36:28 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (A bad peace is better than a good war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
RBG embodies the hopes and dreams of lonely cat ladies everywhere.


3 posted on 09/15/2018 12:44:00 AM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie ("Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember reading the news that McCain died. It brought a smile to my face. I am looking forward to Ruth Buzzy to make me smile again.


4 posted on 09/15/2018 12:44:35 AM PDT by Nateman (If the left is not screaming, you are doing it wrong.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RBG = ZERO charisma.


5 posted on 09/15/2018 12:46:39 AM PDT by ZagFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is so hot!

I hear all the Handmaids have one, but you have to guess where.


6 posted on 09/15/2018 12:48:18 AM PDT by PTBAA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why Some Women Are Getting Tattoos Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Face

They have a thing for skulls? Sleeping? Sleeping skulls?

7 posted on 09/15/2018 12:49:08 AM PDT by Boomer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[[women’s rights]]

ie- the ‘right’ to murder unborn human beings— gee- what a win for women


8 posted on 09/15/2018 12:50:56 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Baby killers adore RBG.


9 posted on 09/15/2018 12:54:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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...they don’t realize by the time their 55 that tat is gonna look like a rabid racoon with acne....


10 posted on 09/15/2018 1:38:49 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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Like bernie, she’s mostly decrepit corpse used to fill a seat but they’ve invented this fictional persona where she’s this meme cracking cool cat surfboarding and climbing mountains.


11 posted on 09/15/2018 1:45:05 AM PDT by jarwulf
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I wonder which tattoo would be worse, the face of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Helen Thomas? 👎
12 posted on 09/15/2018 1:53:23 AM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

I can’t resist a friendly cat at a party.


13 posted on 09/15/2018 1:57:54 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just in time for Halloween...

RBG's opinions from the crypt.

14 posted on 09/15/2018 1:59:22 AM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Jeff Sessions IS the insurance policy)
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After watching this recent VIDEO of a babbling and emaciated Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it seems unlikely she will live beyond President Trump's first term.
15 posted on 09/15/2018 2:04:18 AM PDT by Godebert
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Re: Why Some Women Are Getting Tattoos Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Face

To scare away the mice?

16 posted on 09/15/2018 2:07:26 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Doogle
...they don’t realize by the time their 55 that tat is gonna look like a rabid racoon with acne....

I predict: Earlier! Probably before the ink is actually dry!

Regards,

17 posted on 09/15/2018 2:09:07 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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“Why Some Women Are Getting Tattoos Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Face?”


They lost the pattern to Helen Thomas?


18 posted on 09/15/2018 2:11:45 AM PDT by FrankR (IF it wasn't for the "F-word", and it's deritiives, the left would have no message at all.)
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“... and the guy in the center looked like Willie Nelson.”


19 posted on 09/15/2018 2:44:30 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because their lives have been poisoned.


20 posted on 09/15/2018 2:58:41 AM PDT by Vision (Obama corrupted, sought to weaken and fundamentally change America; he didn't plan on being stopped)
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