The Election Is Over. Now What?

How we’re taking the first steps forward.

By: Laurel Pantin

Its been a day since the election results came in, and like them or not, were starting to process what this means for America and the rest of the world. As weve said before, we’re not political writers, or anywhere near experts on the subject, but we still have a few things to say.

The first thing is that if you have a young woman or girl in your life, we hope you take a moment to hug her, tell her her life is valuable, that you cherish her and that the behavior of our new president elect does not reflect her worth. Our biggest fear is that a generation of women have been told that sexual assault isnt just OK, but celebrated, and thats unacceptable. As Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech yesterday, “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” We 100-percent stand behind that.

The second thing is that we hope everyone will take this as an opportunity to treat each other with an extra level of tenderness and love. No matter who you voted for, if you live in America or abroad, weve witnessed unbelievable amounts of hate and anger these last few months, but were in a place where we have the opportunity to move forward. It starts with kindness.

And finally, if you are angry, heartbroken or scared, it doesnt mean youre defeated. We’re not defeated. Now is the perfect opportunity to turn that outrage into action. Over the next few weeks were going to work to bring you concrete ways you can do just that, but for now, here, here, here, and here, and especially here are a few resources we’ve found helpful to understand what happened, and what happens next. The excitement and optimism many of us felt on Tuesday casting our ballots can only be taken away if we let it. Now is the time to take action, make art, organize, and support one another.

But most important, we want to hear from you. Tweet us, DM us, reach out to feedback@thecoveteur.com. We want to know how youre doing, feeling, and what issues you care most about.

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