Monday, January 9, 2017

Starting A Fad? Girl Dresses Up As Superhero Notorious RGB

This young girl went to school on Superhero
Day dressed as the Notorious RBG, also known
as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 
There's lots of superheroes out there. Superman. Wonderwoman. Batman. The Green Hornet. Notorious RBG.

What? Notorioius RBG?  

Notorious RBG is also known as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it seems she's known more and more as Notorious RBG, especially since there's a popular Twitter account and book that calls her that

In Michele Threefoot's opinion, the Notorious RBG is also a superhero, a position I can't argue with.

So, when it came time to dress up for Superhero day at school, Michele, 8, dressed up as the Notorious RBG.

"She and her sister aren't really into Marvel superheroes, so I was just going to put them in Supergirl capes and masks. But while our family was talking about it she told me she wanted to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So we went with it," Michele' mother, Krista Threefoot told the Huffington Post. 

Michele had quickly become a fan of the Notorious RBG after reading a book called "I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark," which discussed how the Justice has worked for decades fighting inequality in the United States.

Especially now, in the age of Trump, the so-called alt.right, and a resurgence in racism, bigotry and misogyny, Michele is right about people like the Notorious RBG being superheroes.

The logic behind dressing as the Notorious RBG is sound, too. As Krista Threefoot wrote on her Facebook page: "Girls who read really are unfairness and outmoded inequalities."

I like to think that although people seem to want to believe fake news and the latest rumor on Twitter, we still need and want facts and logic and sound arguments to win the day.

Young women like Michele, in particular,  seem to be stepping up to the plate, despite the instincts of some of the guys who are now the Powers That Be to slap down these "uppity women."

One of the best analysis late last year of Trump and the dangers his administration pose came from the magazine Teen Vogue of all places, which tells us a lot about the (I hope!) growing power of intelligent young women.

You can tell that these young women are hitting a nerve. After the Teen Vogue article called "Donald Trump is Gaslighting America," the journalist who wrote the op-ed, Lauren Duca, got a lot of harassment from male Trump fans who can NOT believe a woman would write such a piece, given their supposed frilly little brains.

I guess young women aren't supposed to read and be informed. They're just supposed to choose which makeup to buy, Cover Girl or Maybelline.

Yeah, right.

When Duca dared to go on Fox News, where Tucker Carlson instructed her to "stick to the thigh-high boots, you're better at that."

As if to prove Duca and Notorious RBG's points about some guys just being way to weird about inequality, the so-called "Pharma Douche" Martin Shkreli, a Trump kinda guy, got suspended from Twitter for trolling and harassing Duca.

Shkreli isn't exactly on the moral high ground to begin with. He made himself famous last year for exponentially raising the price of a life saving medication his company made, mostly because he could and wanted to make more money and who cares if people die because of it.

Plus, he faces trial for fraud because of his pharmaceutical company shenanigans.

So yeah, young women who are fans of the Notorious RBG are going to get a lot of pushback in the age of Trump. But I like to think superheroes always win in the end, so these superheroes will win, too.

I was glad to see that Notorious RBG sent Michele Threefoot a note, congratulating her on dressing up as the Justice on Superhero day at school.

In the note, Notorious RBG told Michele: "Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams and more reading helped me make my dreams come true."

Yep. We all have our marching orders from Notorious RBG: It seems almost too simple, but it's also profound: Stay informed, and fight for what you believe in.

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