Be Part of Our Tribe!

Get weekly updates on stories and upcoming special events.


The Judge Aquilina Backlash: How Can Anyone Criticize Our Hero?

Next Tribe judge aquilina backlash

How many of us cheered inwardly or actually jumped up and down when we heard Judge Rosemary Aquilina sentence Larry Nasser, the former doctor for the Olympic gymnastics doctor? Who thought anyone could find fault with her strong words to a creep convicted of serial sexual molestation of young girls?

Guess what? There are reports of a backlash against the judge for “grandstanding.”

Some legal experts wrung their hands about the professionalism of making statements from the bench that smack of vigilantism and vengeance.  “A case can be made that, with that same sentencing statement, she hurt the cause of justice,” said a writer in Time Magazine. The national correspondent for the Atlantic said, “The dignity of the proceedings was diminished by a few words.”

Unfortunately professional women are all-too familiar with these criticisms and the double standard. Judges often add personal bits of outrage or perspective when they sentence a criminal. The judge sentencing Bernie Madoff called him “extraordinarily evil.” The difference in this case seems to be that the scathing comments were coming from a female judge. The tone and demeanor of powerful women are constantly open for critique. How often is a tough woman dismissed as “shrill?” Hello Hillary.

But if ever someone needed a dressing down by a strong woman, if ever young girls needed to see that their sex can punch back, it was in this case. Judge Aquilina was delivering the collective primal scream of those gymnasts who had been violated and their parents, and was channeling the building rage behind the #Metoo movement. Some people may not like it, but we say, Get used to it.

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Outrage

NextTribe no smartphone

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Smartphone

My cell phone (basically, a metal candy bar — perhaps you owned a similar one in 1999) doesn’t have a camera, apps, or a soothing, competent voice of its own. It can make and receive phone calls, but only occasionally because it gets really crappy service. (I’m told that’s due to my service provider, not the phone itself). Why do I insist on living in the past? Let me count the ways!

> Read More

NextTribe scrunchie comeback

The Terrible Return of the Scrunchie!

All apologies to Ruth Bader Ginsburg who never gave them up, but when I saw that scrunchies were back, I felt squeamish. It’s hard to believe that the most brilliant minds in fashion and beauty can’t come up with a non-damaging hair-holder better than that poufy 80s eyesore.

> Read More

email icon

Subscribe to the Tribe!

We will only use your email to send you a weekly digest of new stories posted on the site and occasionally to let you know about special events. But that’s it. Period. Cross our hearts.

Editor’s Picks


Rosanna Arquette On Weinstein, Lost Years and What Matters Most Now

Next Tribe Rosanna Arquette on Weinstein, lost years and what's important now

For the first time since the Harvey Weinstein reckoning, Rosanna Arquette talks about how her warnings about him may have hurt her career, her true heroes and why her long-time work supporting exploited women and LGBT youth has become more important than ever.

Read More


Just When We Need Her: Christiane Amanpour Steps Up

next Tribe Christiane Amanpour mentor

As the most accomplished international journalist of her generation takes over the time slot for Charlie Rose, Sheila Weller looks at the personal bond that fueled Christiane Amanpour’s rise and why it’s even more relevant today.

Read More

©2018 NextTribe