Lena Dunham was one of Hillary Clinton‘s most steadfast supporters over the course of the election. So when the unexpected results came in Tuesday night, the actress-director-writer-girlboss was shocked—and her emotions were magnified by the fact that Trump’s offensive comments and actions have hurt so many people (women included) along the way.
In today’s Lenny Letter, the star wrote about her election hangover, and how she’s struggling with coming to terms with what felt like a highly personal race. “We wanted a female president,” writes Dunham. “We wanted guaranteed control over our own bodies. We wanted equal pay. That made us nasty. That made us targets.”
Is all hope lost? Not according to the outspoken celeb. Quoting civil-rights advocate Florynce Kennedy, Dunham reminds readers, “Don’t agonize, organize.”
Feeling the election hangover, too? Here, in Dunham’s own words, is what made this presidential election so rough—and why she’s not giving up hope.
This election was a brutal one for Dunham—and many others who were outspoken in their support of Clinton.
“Over the year and a half I worked on the campaign, I received threats and abuse at a level I could not have imagined. My Twitter mentions went from rude to downright violent. My phone was hacked, and I was sent images of aborted fetuses, weapons. I was called a fat whore, a retard, told I should be killed in front of everyone who knew me. My experience mimics that of so many women who organized for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump, most of them not celebrities.”
And to see those very abusers triumph causes her immense anguish.
“It is painful on a cellular level knowing those men got what they wanted, just as it’s painful to know you are hated for daring to ask for what is yours. It’s painful to know that white women, so unable to see the unity of female identity, so unable to look past their violent privilege, and so inoculated with hate for themselves, showed up to the polls for him, too.”
She hasn’t lost hope, however—because Millenials stand for acceptance.
“Millennials overwhelmingly voted against Trump. Our generation says no, as do first-time voters, to what this man and his presidency represent. We reject, wholesale, his brand—any brand—of hatred and bigotry[…]. Our hearts are open, but our resolve is strong. We want to create a different kind of America than has ever existed. America will not be great until it fulfills its promise of liberty and justice for all.”
There’s time to mourn—without entirely giving up the fight.
“Wednesday was a day of mourning. Thursday, too. Hell, I’m giving us till Sunday. But then we fight. Now, more than ever, our power is in numbers and in our refusal to accept the idea that our leaders intrinsically know what’s best for us, better than the people we meet every day.”
Still feeling the stress after Election Day? Here are 10 ways to find calm when you’re on the verge of panic. and an all-natural alternative to Xanax.