The #MeToo movement has allowed the world to reexamine Monica Lewinsky‘s affair with former President Bill Clinton.
As you surely know, the former White House intern was publicly shamed after it was revealed that she had sexual relations with Hillary Clinton‘s husband. However, amid this revolutionary time, people are able to fully see the “gross abuse of power” that transpired between Monica and the then-POTUS.
For a personal essay in Vanity Fair, the 44-year-old looked back on her involvement in Clinton’s sex scandal. In fact, Lewinsky thanked the Harvey Weinstein ousting for allowing her own situation to be looked at through a different lens.
Despite having previously been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, the activist shared that she’s only now beginning to “consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern.” She added:
“Until recently (thank you, Harvey Weinstein), historians hadn’t really had the perspective to fully process and acknowledge that year of shame and spectacle.”
Monica went on to defend that, although her relationship with Clinton wasn’t a sexual assault, “it constituted a gross abuse of power.” Well said.
Understandably, viewing her scandal from a different perspective has been challenging for Lewinsky. Monica continued:
“The reason this is difficult is that I’ve lived for such a long time in the House of Gaslight, clinging to my experiences as they unfolded in my 20s and railing against the untruths that painted me as an unstable stalker and Servicer in Chief… Given my PTSD and my understanding of trauma, it’s very likely that my thinking would not necessarily be changing at this time had it not been for the #MeToo movement├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥not only because of the new lens it has provided but also because of how it has offered new avenues toward the safety that comes from solidarity.”
Intense stuff. As the 20 year anniversary of the controversy is upon us, Monica is able to admit how troubling it is that a relationship occurred between herself and Clinton in the first place. The California native relayed:
“I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege… I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.”
Fair point. In regards to what Monica hopes will change in the future, she concluded:
“My hope, given the two dec├é┬¡ades that have passed, is that we are now at a stage where we can untangle the complexities and context (maybe even with a little compassion), which might help lead to an eventual healing├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥and a systemic transformation.”
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