by Becky Bracken
Oh hell no, Donald Trump. Don't even THINK about coming for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has no time for your Cheetos dust-tinted foolishness.
Old bags get a bad rap. But if you're an aging lady like me in need of role models, you only need to look toward the coolest chick on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to see everything badass and punk rock about becoming an old lady: 110% fewer fucks.
You can keep the red-hat-and-purple-dress-wearing, lovably kooky old lady persona of the past. Give me the middle finger in the air, powerful-as-hell old woman on a mission to spend her sunset years crushing the patriarchy underneath those sensible shoes.
In honor of Notorious R.B.G., the 83-year-old feminist gangster in a lace collar, and in an effort to remind women everywhere of the single coolest thing about reaching a "certain age," here are Justice Ginsburg's best no-filter, no-fucks moments that should give us all hope that every birthday simply offers up another opportunity to raise more than a little hell.
1. Notorious R.B.G. comes for Trump
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ginsburg just couldn't help herself when it came to the Republican presidential nominee. She had to go on the record about what a clown she thinks Trump is. "At first I thought it was funny," Ginsburg said, "to think there's a possibility that he could be president..." She also (now famously) joked that if Trump was elected she was moving to New Zealand.
Trump, predictably called for her to resign saying "her mind is shot."
She clapped back calling Trump "a faker."
2. The SOTU wine nap
How many State of the Union Addresses do you really need to sit through until you just get so freaking bored? Blah, blah, blah. So you can hardly blame Ginsburg and her posse for a little pre-party before the speech.
In 2015, she was caught catching a quick nap on national TV during Obama's speech. She later admitted she hadn't shown up "100 percent sober," admitting Justice Kennedy had brought a bomb bottle of wine to dinner beforehand.
That's my girl.
3. The time she messed with Texas... HARD
Ginsburg has a legendary history of advocacy for women's rights throughout her career, dating back to her work in the '70s as the director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project. But her latest fierce and monumental defense of access to women's healthcare came when she was compelled to add a concurring opinion to the majority opinion to the Whole Women’s Health decision to smack down the fundamental legal argument of TRAP laws once and for all.
It might not read like it, but when it comes to reproductive rights jurisprudence, it doesn't get more hard core than this:
"So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H.B.2 that do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion, cannot survive judicial inspection."
4. The fashion statements
No one rocks a robe like R.B.G. Her accessories range from colorful earrings to a huge collection of collars. She's also known for wearing gloves like the ones that were on full display at the 2011 SOTU as she got her annual bear hug from her man Barry Obama. She wears what she wants and looks killer doing it. Slay queen.
Sure she disagreed with just about everything he stood for, but that didn't stop RBG from holding it down with fellow Justice and right-wing conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia right up until his death. The two had a relationship dating back to their time together on the D.C. circuit court in the 1980s, and after his death she wrote they were "best buddies."
There's something about getting older that makes you stop worrying about the disagreements and focusing on just being around people you genuinely just like to hang around.
She's also got a girl power squad better than Taylor Swift's that includes Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Call me!
6. What retirement?
Her husband is gone, her children are raised, now R.B.G. finally has the time to devote to her work she never did. And by all accounts she's better than ever.
Scalia even told a story once of the two on a teaching trip to the French Riviera. "She went off parasailing!" he said in an interview with the Washington Post. "This little skinny thing, you'd think she'd never come down." She also still works out twice a week in the Supreme Court gym with a trainer.
Every once in a while conservatives launch a new round of calls for Ginsburg to retire, just like Trump recently did, to which she proudly raises her bony middle finger.
Early in 2015, she responded to criticisms it's time for her to go after 23 years on the bench by reminding us, "But John Paul Stevens didn't step down until he was 90," and she added Justice Louis Brandeis served until 82.
Here's to hoping we have many more years of RBG's greatness ahead.
Becky Bracken is a news & views writer who you can follow on Twitter @nerdiegaga if that's your jam.