Skip to comments.Monica's Emancipation Proclamation
Posted on 05/08/2014 6:22:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
"It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Monica Lewinsky, now 40, writes in a Vanity Fair essay due for digital release today. All I can say is: You go, girl.
The 1998 revelation of L'Affaire Lewinsky and its fallout should have made one thing clear to American women. Forget "You've come a long way, baby." When husbands cheat, the other woman usually ends up the odd man out.
Bill Clinton's presidency and poll ratings survived his self-serving definition of sex. Hillary Clinton had to live with her husband's betrayal, but the scandal helped boost her career from first lady who blamed "a vast right-wing conspiracy" to U.S. senator to presidential front-runner and then to secretary of state.
Lewinsky's professional life did not fare so well. In the first few years after the scandal, she gave interviews that demonstrated how clueless and reckless she had been in hooking up with the "big creep."
Largely silent over the past decade, "that woman, Miss Lewinsky," has wised up. "I look back now," she writes, "and shake my head in disbelief, and wonder: what was I -- what were we -- thinking? I would do anything to go back and rewind the tape."
A gal's gotta make a living. Lewinsky used her name to peddle handbags and a weight-loss program. She earned a master's in social psychology at the London School of Economics, but the world wouldn't let her keep a low profile.
"I eventually came to realize," she writes, "that traditional employment might not be an option for me." Only employers who wanted to hire her for "the wrong reasons" made offers.
When you think of how the infamous ex-intern could have cashed in, you appreciate that over time Lewinsky became selective.
Monica 2.0 is on a mission. Thanks to the Drudge Report, she writes, she was "possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet." The 2010 suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, after a roommate secretly recorded and broadcast him kissing another man, spurred her to take on the modern culture of humiliation.
She calls her own experience "the humiliation derby." I am no stranger to that turf. During the impeachment follies, I was critical of Lewinsky's decision, at age 21, to consort with the president, as well as her post-internship demands for the president's time, attention and help in procuring jobs. But I always held Bubba as the most culpable in the group.
Not so the many self-styled feminists who trashed Lewinsky, including America's feminist first lady. Recently released archives report how the first lady told friend Diane Blair that she considered Lewinsky to be a "narcissistic looney tune," while Clinton blamed herself for her husband's extramarital junket.
"I find her impulse to blame the Woman -- not only me, but herself -- troubling," Lewinsky writes.
The sisterhood got buried in an avalanche of excuses, starting with: Boys will be boys.
The pro-Clinton mantra during impeachment held that if Hillary could forgive Bubba, surely the country should, too.
I never thought Hillary Clinton owed Lewinsky anything, but she did owe the voters the truth -- and that took a long time coming. Now with the passing of time, perhaps Hillary should come out and forgive Lewinsky, too, if only to assuage those Dems who saw Hillary Clinton's forgiveness as the great indulgence, the cleaner of all slates.
It's time to let Lewinsky, as Clintonistas used to say, move on. She has graduated into an elite group: people who learn from their mistakes.
...she never would have been humiliated for being just another notch on Slick's bedpost.
That’s all Bill will be remembered for. Tough titty.
Cheney is right IMHO.
Who frickin cares about this slut?
The natural disposition is always to believe. It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough. The wisest and most cautious of us all frequently gives credit to stories which he himself is afterwards both ashamed and astonished that he could possibly think of believing. - Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments
The Blue dress should be on display at the Smithsonian - along with the Oval office bathroom sink.
I’m surprised it’s not on display at Clinton’s presidential library.
IIRC she got a job from one of Clinton’s friends making around $75k/yr.
Not bad for a teenager with scraped up knees. That was pretty good money back then.
And the BS about Clinton taking advantage of her.
She admitted she intentionally bent over his desk showing off her thong to entice him.
Monica may have learned from her mistakes but the Clintons keep making them and all they’ve learned is covering up is better than admitting the truth.
Dude its been years ago. What difference does it make?
That’s all the article implies in more flowery terms .....Same attitude!
IMHO, nothing more than a cheap media-driven trick so that Killary can call this “old news” as she runs to finish the destruction of our country.
Cry me a river, Monica.
You put yourself into that position of ‘humiliation’,and you certainly wre old enough to know better.
Apparently, the genetic ability to recognize a world-class horn-dog isn’t getting passed on to younger generations.
These and many more crimes are the real legacy of these glorified chicken thieves.
Well, that certainly is a medieval outlook in this enlightened age.
Funny how a woman who has sex with more than one guy is a slut, but a guy who bangs numerous women is lifted up as being a man’s-man who knows how to score.
I suppose if it were the other way around, you’d be touting his exploits at having achieved the elite designation of banging the female prez instead of calling him a slut.
IMO, she got a rotten deal. She was forced into hiding as if she wore a scarlet letter on her forehead, but it’s like Clinton’s part was swept under the rug.
Exactly. She knew precisely what she was doing.
You mean to tell me she didn’t know he was married? Please.
Not to excuse Clinton, but this narrative about “poor naive Monica” won’t hunt.
Yet, even the ‘conservative’ talkies are spending large time segments on her and what happened nearly 2 decades ago.
Even on FR there have been DOZENS of threads about her in the last week or so. And, these are the same topics and comments FR was getting in 2008, etc.
Whenever Hillary is getting positive attention, Monica seems to manage to find cameras and microphones, too.
The only positive note is that FoxNews is NOT running BREAKING NEWS - MONICA every 10 minutes.
hillary is still treating Monica as an object of scorn rather than as a person. I think it hurts hillary that her mean streak is coming through and that should hurt her image with younger voters.
Think what you will, Monica...the blue dress saved your life.
The person that lost the most in the Clinton-Monica affair was/is Linda Tripp.
She endured the most ridicule and scorn.
Monica Lewinsky, now 40...
Over the hill already. I’d bet Bill would still chase that. But he probably couldn’t catch it anymore.
Today they'd be celebrated. Hell, the chick would probably youtube the cigar incident and sell the blue dress on Ebay.
If any one dared criticize her actions they'd be called out for engaging in a war on women, you'd be hauled out in cuffs from the town hall meeting and forced to pay for her $6k a year in birth control for the next ten years.
I haven’t been following this story closely. Has she blamed Bush yet?
An analogy I've heard: "A key which can open any lock is a prized key. A lock which will open to any key, not so much".