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RUTH BADER GINSBURG turned

into a pop-cultural icon overnight. Amongst the generation of millennials, the 85-year old Supreme Court Justice was suddenly adored like a popstar. The slogan »NO TRUTH WITHOUT RUTH« nowadays sells on mugs and tote bags. »I DISSENT « and »THE NOTORIOUS RBG« have become popular fashion statements on T-shirts (which Ginsburg confessed of having herself in her wardrobe). Such souvenirs have made Ginsburg THE political icon of a liberal America. RBG is now a worldwide brand a whole generation of young liberals identifies with. The products function to build groups. Whoever wears an RBG T-shirt displays his or her liberal attitude. From a cultural studies point of view, such souvenirs can be compared to religious

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relics which enable its buyers to partake in the myth of RBG. In contemporary popular culture, Ginsburg is stylized as superhero with the help of mythical narratives: In the Hollywood blockbuster DEADPOOL 2 (2018), Deadpool thinks of admitting her in his X-force, i.e. a team of superheroes. In fact, Ginsburg can be purchased as an action figure replete with lace jabot and JUDGE’S GAVEL . Talking of her lace jabot: Her fashion outfits are also cult. Ginsburg usually spruces up her judge’s gown with a jabot, choosing white lace or colourful patterns. When she announced a dissent, she chose her well-known »DISSENT JABOT« made from black velvet and gemstones.

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