It would seem Hillary Clinton would leave the forest more often, seeing as every time she emerges from her wooded sanctuary, either supporters break down and sob in her presence or she finds she’s won another consolation prize.

For one, Clinton can hike in contentment knowing she had the most retweeted political tweet of the entire election season. Sure, that particular tweet has been mouldering at the top of her Twitter feed for a full month now, but that’s beside the point; the point is women are powerful and can achieve anything.

Certainly Clinton has inspired women, but her loss has also inspired them: some have chosen to stop dating and retreat into a small circle of friends and family, while others are chopping off their hair.

In “The Post-Trump Haircut,” Heidi Mitchell tells of one professional woman from Atlanta who cried for three days following the election: “I felt like it was the worst thing, politically, that ever happened in my lifetime,” she recalled. “It was catastrophic.”

What did she do? For one, she dyed her hair black. “I was like, f** it! The election deadened my soul,” she explained. “I think I wanted to do something defiant to feel stronger.”

“The election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general,” added a George Washington University teaching instructor who decided to have her hair cut off. “Having long hair was my attempt to fit into society, so after the election, I felt a need to exert my ‘uniqueness’ and not tie my femininity to the length of my hair.”

A mother of two who “added some more natural lowlights” to her goth look, added, “For many of us, with this election, it’s like your boyfriend dumped you in a really shocking way with no explanation and then moved in next door.”

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