No, I will not calm down about the elec­tion of a sex­ual preda­tor

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Su­san Hingst Mar­tel,

Since the elec­tion, so many well-in­tended male friends of mine have as­sured me that ev­ery­thing will be OK and ad­vised me to calm down. What they do not un­der­stand is that the elec­tion of such a preda­tor strikes at my very core as a hu­man be­ing. He sex­u­ally as­saulted women, bragged about it, lied about it, den­i­grated his vic­tims, and threat­ened to sue them. What he did not do was apol­o­gize for any of this. In fact, he sim­ply dis­missed it as “locker-room talk.” Yet in spite of all of this, he was elected pres­i­dent of the United States. This is ab­hor­rent by ev­ery mea­sure of de­cency. So I hope that my guy friends un­der­stand that I will not be able to take their ad­vice and calm down. In fact, I’m just get­ting started. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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