If you’ve had disappointingly few opportunities to use the Lady Judge emoji, fear not: You’re about to be seeing her everywhere. Especially if you’re on dating apps.
In a movement dubbed #Lysistrata2018, women all across the United States are beginning to add the gavel-wielding dame to their dating profiles. Why? It’s a signal to men that if they’re not pro-choice, they should swipe on by. To be super clear: Dudes, if you see a female judge emoji in a woman’s profile, it means she will not date you if you do not support her right to make her own reproductive choices. Case closed. Judgement for the plaintiff!
It appears to have been started—or at least popularized—by political writer Jennifer Wright over on Twitter.
We’re very likely to lose Roe Vs. Wade. Some men may think that doesn’t concern them. Make it.
If you’re single and dating, add a emoji to your dating profiles to show people you won’t date/sleep with anyone who doesn’t support a woman’s right to choose.#Lysistrata2018
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) July 2, 2018
It’s a reaction to recent fears that Roe vs Wade—the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in America—may be in danger of being overturned, particularly in light of Donald Trump’s vow to appoint pro-life judges to the highest court in the land. There is currently a vacancy on the bench, and it is expected that whomever the Republicans nominate to fill it will hold v, v, v conservative views. The hashtag has rapidly been gaining traction.
Wow #Lysistrata2018 is an amazing hashtag I stopped dating non-feminists years ago but why not make it explicit? Pro-Roe or bust, y’all.
— Fiona Erickson (@AllAboutFi) July 2, 2018
As longtime HD Tweeps know, HD is a Republican-free zone when it comes to dating already. But I am all in for this plan. I am SO tired of men making decisions for women. I am personally tired of people telling me to “calm down” when it comes to Roe v Wade. #Lysistrata2018 https://t.co/TPztzs4zcY
— HawaiiDelilah (@HawaiiDelilah) July 2, 2018
If I were still single, I’d be ALL over #Lysistrata2018 on Tinder. Greek tragedy AND women’s rights? Hot diggity.
No but seriously anyone who doesn’t support your autonomy of your own body belongs far, far away from your bedroom.
— This Girl, Claire (@ThisGirlClaire) July 2, 2018
For those not up on their Greek history, Lysistrata refers to a play about women’s attempts to end the Peloponnesian War by essentially going on a sex strike until the men reach a peace agreement. As is (regrettably) not surprising, #Lysistrata2018 has already been criticized in certain quarters, some saying it’s “unfair” to men (which kinda doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but OK…) to some very ugly sentiments along the lines of “glad these people are practicing abstinence because that means they be having less abortions”, which… NO.
FYI: If you don’t have the female judge on your emoji keyboard, you can copy and paste her from the Emojipedia here.