Monica Lewinksy Speaks Out

by Megan Haymond

Monica Lewinsky’s infamous affair with Bill Clinton, the forty-second president of the United States, returns to the public world with a story to share. The affair between the president and his intern is what lead to his impeachment after he lied about his relationship with Lewinsky. He said it was not a sexual relationship when it was. Sixteen years after the scandal Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair about her journey of shame. On May 6, excerpts of the article were released but the full story will not be available until May 8. Lewinsky clears the air, reaffirming she was not paid off to be silent and that the inappropriate relationship was purely consensual. Lewinsky stated, “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

She also shared her regrets in her actions and how the consequences have been much harsher then deserved. She has been silent, fled the country, and has now had enough of being the president’s mistress. Lewinsky shared hope of helping others dealing with online abuse and humiliation in the future. Lewinsky references the heartbreaking story of Tyler Clementi, a young man who committed suicide after being filmed kissing another man. Her timing of her story’s release could be a positive or negative for Hilary Clinton depending on how it is viewed. All in all, it is interesting to see how sexist attitudes caused the shaming of Lewinsky and President Clinton’s legacy has only suffered minor scars.


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