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How Could We Have Brought Down the Sexual Assaulters Sooner?

Jessie Rosen - October 25, 2017

Like many/most/hopefully all people, I am blown away by the recent takedown of prominent and serial sexual assaulters in this country. It started with Harvey Weinstein but already fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been banned by brands Valentino, Bulgari and publisher Vogue Conde Nast, an LA Times article outed Bugsy writer James Toback (more than 200 accusers), and Amazon Studios executive Roy Price resigned following sexual harassment allegations. Now articles …

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RIP AOL IM, and thanks

Jessie Rosen - October 17, 2017

Sometime in the spring of my freshman year of high school I sat down with the big glossary of musical terms that we kept in the living room and started the search for the perfect AOL AIM screen name. [Was it called a screen name? Hey, what’s your screen name? Or. Hey, what’s your IM name? That sounds more like it, but I can’t 100% …

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Arturo the Urban Adjacent Rooster: Part I

Jessie Rosen - August 9, 2017

Last month R and I moved to what you might call suburbia. I wouldn’t call it that because I am a city snob. I said things like, “I don’t know…it just looks too much like a family would live here…” as we searched for our first home. But it turns out our perfect first house was on a quiet street, in a quiet enclave of …

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What If Every Woman Said What Blake Lively Said?

Jessie Rosen - April 25, 2017

Last week (I think? in #TrumpsAmerica the weeks are like decades) Blake Lively stood up to a reporter that asked what she was wearing on a red carpet. She said some combo of: “I’m here so we … become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up….So, you can ask me another question.” and “Are we really doing this? Would you ask …

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It’s The End of Complaining As We Knew It

Jessie Rosen - February 28, 2017

In light of the fact that American Democracy is crumbling before our very eyes at the hands of an unqualified megalomaniac who has, in a mere refuse-to-count-them weeks in office, made life more miserable for trans people, immigrants, refugees, and journalists (to name the mere obvious) – pretty stable, probably white Americans can no longer complain, about anything. To be clear, I’m not complaining about …

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Republicans Reveal All: It’s A Scam, America

Jessie Rosen - February 1, 2017

I can’t stop thinking about this article that I read in The New York Times back in 2015. Click the picture to read it.     Short story short: a bunch of psychics convicted of various fraud crimes in the New York courts finally started coming clean to parole boards. One – Celia Mitchell, 38, was asked about her business very directly. (Quoting from the article): “What …

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RuPaul Was Right: Why We Can Always Go Backwards

Jessie Rosen - January 27, 2017
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I’ve been really haunted by something that I heard RuPaul say during an NPR news interview a little over a year ago. It was right after Ru’s Emmy win for best host of RuPaul’s Drag Race – so that’s September of 2016. It was a historic moment and long-time coming for the drag icon. He has hosted the epic Drag Race on Logo for eight seasons but has been …

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