Monica Lewinsky Pens #MeToo-Inspired Essay About Affair With Bill Clinton

Angelo Anderson
March 1, 2018

She acknowledged that her past descriptions of the affair, which emphasized that the relationship was consensual, didn't address the dynamics of consent - namely that Lewinsky was a White House intern in her early 20s and Clinton was one of the most powerful men in the world. "And yet I don't believe I would have felt so isolated had it all happened today", she wrote. This is partially due to Lewinsky having previously written that her sexual encounters with Clinton were completely consensual, essentially distancing her from contemporary discussions around sexual assault. And her relationship with the then-49-year-old president of the United States took place between '95 and '97.

Her own mother was forced to testify against her before a federal grand jury and she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the scandal and the publicity it wrought.

Ms Lewinsky wrote: "There are many more women and men whose voices and stories need to be heard before mine".

"I'm beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot", Lewinsky added. "I meet Regret every day", she added.

In 1998, Monica Lewinsky's name was splashed across the front of newspapers worldwide when it emerged she had engaged in an affair with President Bill Clinton, who was married to Hillary, now 70.

Lewinsky wrote about a letter she received from a woman leading the #MeToo movement, which brought her to tears.


Lewinsky writes in "Vanity Fair" that she is "in awe of the sheer courage" of women who've been confronting "entrenched beliefs and institutions".

Lewinsky also writes about how Starr "hounded and terrorized" her family.

Later in the essay, Lewinsky addressed the current #MeToo movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. She also advocates for the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. A grassroots funding campaign which provides subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers. But as for me, my history, and how I fit in personally?

Lewinsky hit the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars party.

In an essay for Vanity Fair released on Monday, Lewinsky said she was able to express her feelings to Starr after seeing him at dinner-although the experience did not go as she expected. She also said she has a "very full and fulfilling life". That the "democratising power" of the internet - something unavailable to her back then, and which remained in the hands of the powerful (the president, the Congress, the prosecutors and the press) - has opened up support networks and penetrated those closed circles of power. Some of Lewinsky's favorite activities include: going out to dinner, seeing a show, concert or movie and watching The Good Wife.

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