I am passing on this article about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor leveraging her position on behalf of prisoners for two reasons: 1. Because she is awesome. 2. So we can all gaze contemptuously upon the continuing double standard that makes Antonin Scalia "aggressive" and Sotomayor "demanding."

If your reflexive reaction is to argue that "demanding" doesn't play into misogynist tropes, consider the difference in what "a demanding questioner" versus "a rigorous questioner" actually convey, especially regarding a woman.

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