A popular bra manufacturer appears to be using Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy as a feminist to sell bras and apparently transform all of the high court and perhaps even Congress as well so that they one day contain nothing but females.
“Harper Wilde is invigorated by the dedication of women across the country at every level of public service and office. They are showing their support with the launch of the limited-edition Notorious RGB edition of the Base Bra,” the manufacturer Harper Wilde announced in an email to customers this week.
See a screenshot of the email below:
Here’s… here’s… this? pic.twitter.com/tBWvqzMo8o
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) December 5, 2018
It’s what the manufacturer wrote next that troubled some.
“Truth from Ruth: there will be ‘enough’ women on the Supreme Court ‘when there are nine.’ That’s right — the full bench,” the company wrote, suggesting it wants no men on the high court.
That’s an accurate court. Though the court currently contains six men and three women, Ginsburg has indeed said that she hopes to one day see only women on it.
“There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine,” she said during an event at Roosevelt University last year. “I think there has not been a better time to be a woman in the legal profession because no doors are closed.”
“Embroidered with RGB’s inspiring challenge, this is a bra that gives and shows support. 5% of all sales will go directly to She Should Run, a non-profit organization committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for office by 2030,” the email continued.
It’s unclear whether Harper Wilde also seeks to turn Congress into a women’s-only body.
“Women are underrepresented at all levels in the 500,000+ elected offices across the U.S. That is why She Should Run is committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for local, state, and federal offices by 2030. And we can’t do it without your support,” a statement on the non-profit’s website reads.
Look at Harper Wilde’s bra below:
— Victress Capital (@VictressCapital) December 6, 2018
As of Thursday morning, the response from social media thus far to the bra’s announcement was one of pure mockery and derision from cynics stunned that any company would go this far.
“For sanity’s sake I want to believe they were pitching an SNL skit and sent it to you by mistake,” one critic wrote in reply to the email screenshot shared by Katherine Miller.
See more replies below:
For sanity’s sake I want to believe they were pitching an SNL skit and sent it to you by mistake.
— (((Herid Fel))) (@heridfan) December 5, 2018
Well, time to get working on marketing my Louis Brandeis jock straps.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) December 5, 2018
supreme support. e pluribust unum.
— egg nog spice (@mrandresbarraza) December 5, 2018
is there a line of Notorious RBG Sandwich Bags coming soon?
— Dr Pepper Addict (@jer2911tx) December 6, 2018
Sorry, but no. https://t.co/yQsS0tlj51
— Elizabeth Sile (@esile1) December 4, 2018
If Trump can’t build a hotel in Moscow, Ruth Bader Ginsburg can’t sell bras.
— Don Fredrick (@Colony14) December 6, 2018
I snickered in a juvenile way at “support” combined with “bra”.
— Daniel Lundh (@Daniel_Lundh) December 5, 2018
Ima guess they’ve no licensed rights for that
— LeanLegal® (@Johnson_DavidW) December 5, 2018
It’s unclear whether Ginsburg is affiliated with Harper Wilde in any way, shape or form, or whether the manufacturer obtained her permission beforehand to use her name and quote.
To be clear, Harper Wilde isn’t the only apparel manufacturing that’s appropriated the Supreme Court justice name and lingo for more sales.
Lingua Franca, a fashion brand based in New York City, plans to release multiple Ginsburg-inspired products soon, including “Super Diva” earrings and “All Rise” sweaters.
Much like with Harper Wilde, Lingua Franca reportedly plans to donate a portion of its proceeds to left-wing organizations such as the ACLU Women’s Rights Project.
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