Women’s health advocates, dismayed at this morning’s Hobby Lobby decision, have taken solace at Justice Ginsburg’s sharply worded dissent. Less than four hours after her decision was issued, it has already been turned into a song. And it’s not terrible:
This song might have been a lot better if the songwriter, Jonathan Mann, had taken a few months to reflect on the issue. Or perhaps not, Mann has been writing a song a day for almost 2000 days.
But even though it’s pretty goofy, the song taps into an energy around the decision that won’t be around six days from now, much less six months. We’ve traded some thoughtfulness for immediacy but it’s unclear if we are worse off. Now, it’s available immediately, including to 13-year-olds who are unlikely to read the New York Times legal analysis. Mann is able to infuse his own spin — “slut shaming geezers” isn’t in Ginsburg’s opinion — to broaden the appeal.
If the song isn’t enough, you can read Ginsburg’s entire dissent here.