Readers, I have TMJ issues, but rarely has my jaw dropped so loosely and freely as it did this morning when I was greeted by the most flabbergasting thing ever recorded on the internet. This came in the form of an article on The Daily Beast entitled “Fat Judges Need Not Apply.” The punchline?
Within hours after the news broke that Souter was resigning, concerns arose that [former HLS Dean Elena] Kagan and [Second Circuit Judge Sonia] Sotomayor might be too fat to replace him.
Eh? What? Surely this is satire, I thought. I am hard on Dude Nation, but I assume that people are not, fundamentally, assholes, and would not be trying to import a wholly speculative discussion on the health of these individuals based on their not conforming to ridiculous standards of what “healthy women look like.”
I would be, however, wrong.
For those of you unfamiliar with this website and its aims (we seem to have been linked to by dude sites lately) who are thinking, “Well, this is discrimination on the basis of health, not size!”: fuck you. Have a look at this supermodel, currently sitting on the bench:
Which is not to say he shouldn’t be there either. (We’ll get into my views on Scalia some other time.) The point is that when fat men appear on the bench, nobody bats an eyelash. But when it’s a woman, well, hey, what are women’s bodies anyhoo if not up for public discussion?
And yes, that sound you heard was my screaming, all the way from Manhattan to you.