Recently I was at a pumpkin patch. My kid and husb were in the corn maze, and for a bit I sat on a bench and watched people.
One guy, a young fella, had a hoodie with a nameless face of an old lady. Eventually I asked him, “Whose the old lady on your sweatshirt?” “Do you know who Ruth Bader Ginsberg is?” “Of course I do,” surprised that someone would think I would be unaware of the Supreme Court Justice. I had no idea that people bought hoodies with her face on it. She must symbolize something. It was enough to make me curious.
And of course, as is true to the internets, dissent collars began to show up on my screen: earrings, necklaces, lace or understated collars of jewelry. They were a collar or jabot that she wore when she dissented with a decision that was being made, whether a travel ban or decisions about cake shops. A list of her dissenting is here.
And that is when I began to learn about RGB (which I would have thought was just a color schematic for printing, but alas).
I learned she had many, many different collars.
One needs not to mention any names or specific events to express concern about some of the decisions being made in our country currently. In this, Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s collars took on a personal meaning. And perhaps that is what she symbolizes.
I rather love watching this woman of understated dissension become a pop culture icon, with hoodies that compare her to a rap star because of her forthright disagreement.
Now words are too abundant, and communication an endangered species. One can become attracted to the subdued rather than the screaming. Like a ring on the finger, or the mug I gave my brother which said “Chief”, in case someone needed a gentle, nonverbal reminder (he is chief of police of a small town).
In this time of brashness, screamy defensiveness and tournaments of lies, the poetic dissension of RGB is speaks volumes in silence.
See, education can happen anywhere, even the pumpkin patch.
For more about Ruth Bader Ginsberg, which I knew about but never in the amount of depth as has been made available recently… there’s this book, looks good to me!