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Angel Haze’s “Cleaning Out My Closet”: Startling Song About Childhood Sexual Abuse

It Was Rape
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One Billion Rising
Just some of the acts of violence that women worldwide endure. Read More »
Victim Blaming
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Rape victims are never to blame for their assault. Read More »
Angel Haze

“Wanted to rip it out and just fucking step on my heart.”

There is really no way to describe “Coming Out Of The Closet” by Angel Haze, her rap about the sexual abuse she’s suffered since the age of seven, other than to say it’s the most intense song about sexual abuse I’ve ever heard. It’s candid, graphic, and heartwrenching. The song (set to the beat of Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out Of The Closet”) isn’t just about the abuse itself, but also Haze’s ensuing self-loathing of her body and fear of men.  Survivors and people triggered by sexual violence should be warned. Angel Haze’s album Classick comes out October 25th. Listen to “Cleaning Out My Closet” after the jump… Keep reading »

Ira Glass Talks Blowjobs, Teaches You How To Make Balloon Animals

Judd Apatow's Advice
"Boys gossip" and other good advice from Ask A Grown Man. Read More »
Jon Hamm's Advice
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Relationship advice from Jon Hamm for Rookie Mag. Read More »
Ira Glass Sex Tape
Ira Glass Sex Tape
The NPR host talks dirty in his usual dry-witted fashion. Watch »
ask a grown man
Ira Glass balloon animals
Care For A Balloon Animal?

Rookie Mag’s fabulous Ask A Grown Man video series gives us a peek into the male mind from the likes of Jon Hamm and Judd Apatow. NPR host Ira Glass is the latest grown man to dish out advice (he also happens to be the husband of Anaheed Alani, an editor for Rookie) … but not after first teaching us all how to make balloon animals! A balloon Snoopy, in fact. He also answers questions about whether guys think women with short hair are “feminine looking” and how to tell a man in a sexy way that you’ve never given him a blowjob. “I think I can speak for all men when I say there is no unsexy way to tell a man you want to give him a blowjob,” Ira explains. “Literally any words you choose are going to be the right words. Those are are incredibly welcome words of any man or boy of any age. You could write it in crayon in another language and then translate it word by word. You could write it in Braille and run his fingers across it. You could put the words in the reverse. You could say it Yoda-style, like, ‘Blowjob, want to have?”  Yoda-style! Whoa. Let’s not get carried away, girls. It’s just a blowie. [Rookie Mag]

Girl Talk: I Think I’ve Figured The Allure Of Online Dating Out

Ambivalent Single Lobster
Who says lobsters mate for life? This one is ambivalently single. Read More »
Too Picky?
Let's see what does and doesn't belong on that list. Read More »
I Found A BF Online
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How Jessica found a boyfriend online dating. Yes, it really happens! Read More »

Last night, I did something I thought I’d never do again, especially not on a random Monday evening: I reactivated my online dating profile.

I looked at the description of myself I wrote the last time I was single. I looked at the photos that I had thought best represented myself.  I checked my months-old messages. I read the new messages that came in as my account had been re-activiated again. And all the while I thought, Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck, what are you doing?

This morning, I deactivated it again. You see, I think I had just wanted instant gratification. Keep reading »

UPDATE: Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, Set On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack In Louisiana

Sharmeka Moffitt

UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote “KKK” and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN]

There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by the Ku Klux Klan on Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, on Sunday evening. Police say Moffitt called 911 to report that three people in white hoodies attacked her. The men pounced on Moffitt while she was exercising alone in a park in Winnsboro, set her on fire, and spraypainted “KKK” on her car. Sharmeka Moffitt has third-degree burns over the majority of her body and has been hospitalized in critical condition. Our thoughts are with her and her family. [KLFYUPIThe Franklin Sun]

Pax And Zahara Jolie-Pitt Join Cast Of “Maleficent” With Angelina Jolie

Angelina As Maleficent
The first look at Angelina Jolie as evil Maleficent. Read More »
Angelina On Shiloh
She lets Shiloh be "who she is." Read More »
  • Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Maleficent” is becoming a family affair: her kids Pax, 8, and Zahara, 7, have been cast in small, non-speaking roles in the film. Four-year-old Vivienne (one of the twins!) has already been cast as the child version of Princess Aurora, who’ll be played by Elle Fanning. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was also supposed to have a small role in “Maleficent,” but because she’s Shiloh and she’s rad, she “was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen.” Too cool for school? Yup, that’s our girl. [Us Weekly]

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Alexa Chung, Miranda July & Tavi Sing “You Don’t Own Me” To Mitt Romney

Romney Gets Ladies
They need flexibility so they can get home in time to cook dinner. Read More »
Romney's "47% Video"
Could Mitt Romney's claims about "47%" of Americans cost him? Read More »
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"You Don't Own Me"
  • This rocks: Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson, model/presenter Alexa Chung, writer Miranda July, and a whole bunch of other ladies got together for a cover of Lesley Gore’s iconic song “You Don’t Own Me.” As if you needed another reminder that Mitt Romney is like the boyfriend that you can’t believe you ever thought was not a douchebag. [YouTube]
  • Uh oh: “Lea Michele” and “pregnancy rumors” in the same sentence. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Watch 17 actors in the tiny background parts they played before they got famous, like Ryan Gosling on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” [The Week]

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