Skip to comments.Monica Lewinsky: Righteous Good Girl (By Modern Standards, She's Actually a Prude)
Posted on 05/08/2014 5:36:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet, Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair. And though her affair with Bill Clinton may have kicked off our modern era of sex scandal and set the standard for the boom-bust cycles of denial and apology, sexist fascination, and pseudo-celebrity a lot has changed since 1998. A presidential candidate made a sex tape. Two U.S. Congressmen resigned over flirtations with women they never even met. Slut-shaming entered the lexicon, but so did cyberbullying, sexting, and reality star. Sixteen years after Interngate, technology has managed a neat trick: Its now possible to have a sex scandal thats simultaneously more chaste in its execution and far sleazier in its aftermath. Anthony Weiner never got laid, but the woman who sank his mayoral campaign nevertheless made and marketed a Weiner-themed porno.
By comparison, the woman who had oral-anal contact in the Oval Office is the portrait of ladylike restraint. Monica also enjoyed a brief period of celebrity, of course (remember when she hosted a dating show?), but as America became increasingly attention-obsessed and media-optimized, she fell into an adult life so silent that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out?
Today whore is a pejorative that has more to do with profiteering than promiscuity; the mainstream is learning, slowly, to be sex-positive, but there is no corollary term for empathizing with unabashed attention-seekers. And so Monicas claim that she turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million becomes her redemption, a form of abstinence she uses now to prove her virtue. But she decries this double standard, too: Not lying low exposed me to criticism for trying to capitalize on my notoriety. Apparently, others talking about me is O.K.; me speaking out for myself is not.
Capitalizing on notoriety is easier than ever. During Monicas decade of silence, it actually became a viable career: In the aftermath of Tiger Woodss sex scandal, porn star Gina Rodriguez founded a PR company dedicated to monetizing what she called mistresses, a catch-all term connoting not sexual contact but mere sexual notoriety. For clients ranging from Weiners sexters to Woodss prostitutes to the adultery partners of Mel Gibson and Jesse James, Rodriguez has organized mistress nights at strip clubs, mistress photo opportunities, and dating-website endorsements. Six months after she went public as the recipient of Carlos Dangers text messages, Rodriguez client Sydney Leathers invited a photographer to document a series of cosmetic-surgery procedures culminating in labia reduction. She had wanted to sell the cut-off remnants of her labia, too, but U.S. laws about medical waste thwarted her.
Suddenly, Monicas foray into designing tote bags seems quaint.
Some of Monicas relative classiness may, in fact, be a matter of class. When employment was hard to come by, Lewinsky writes that she fell back on loans from friends and family. She was, after all, the kind of twentysomething who worked at the White House, a distinction nobody in Gina Rodriguezs mistress club can boast. (Rodriguez does, however, represent White House party-crasher Michaele Salahi.) But who knows how things might have been different if her scandal had unfolded in the age of the selfie. Today, the feedback loop for sexual schadenfreude has been paired with a relentless egging-on. A decade ago, Monicas turn at TV stardom had her playing the stout matron of a family-friendly dating show; today, notorious women are more likely to play the warbling reality star sobbing through false eyelashes. Would she have filmed ads for Jenny Craig, or something more tawdry?
Lewinsky's essay is in the June issue of Vanity Fair. Even without modern opportunities for post-scandal livelihood, Lewinsky has been branded by the scandal that made her famous. She theorizes that some of her problem arose from the scandal taking place before shed had a chance to develop her adult identity:
Unlike the other parties involved, I was so young that I had no established identity to which I could return. I didnt let this define me I simply hadnt had the life experience to establish my own identity in 1998. If you havent figured out who you are, its hard not to accept the horrible image of you created by others. (Thus, my compassion for young people who find themselves shamed on the Web.) Despite much self-searching and therapy and exploring of different paths, I remained stuck for far too many years.
Now 40, Lewinsky is no longer a naïf playing at stardom. Shes one of the first adults to have gone through the modern gauntlet of mass sexual scrutiny. The impetus for her essay, she says, is a desire to aid the victims of cyberbullying and to help dismantle Americas culture of humiliation. I believe she is genuine in that desire (in the depths of her misery, Lewinsky says she contemplated suicide), but I also cant help but marvel at what may be That Womans savviest self-branding decision yet: In the age of Sydney Leathers, she is aligning herself with Tyler Clementi. Monicas legacy will be about sexual politics, not celebrity.
So far, That Woman has never been able to escape the shadow of that first depiction, Lewinsky writes. I was the Unstable Stalker (a phrase disseminated by the Clinton White House), the Dimwit Floozy, the Poor Innocent who didnt know any better. Initial reactions to Lewinskys appearance in Vanity Fair played into that trope: Yesterday, Monicas media nemesis Maureen Dowd (Moremean Dowdy, as I used to call her) described the ex-intern as striking yet another come-hither pose. If sex is on sale here, I dont see it. If anything, Mark Seligers casually glamorous photos are remarkable for their chastity. When Seliger photographed Rielle Hunter for GQ, the adulteress posed in bed with her pants off. In Vanity Fair, Monicas virginal white dress looks like something Audrey Hepburn would wear.
The last time I encountered Monica was at the Bombay Club, a restaurant nestled between my office and the White House, Dowd reflects. After requesting that the piano player play Send in the Clowns, she leaned in with me, demanding to know why I wrote such scathing pieces about her. Today, Monica might choose a more dignified song. (Survivor? Roar? Or Cathys Clown by the Everly Brothers: When you see me shed a tear and you know that it's sincere / Dont you think it's kinda sad that you're treating me so bad?) But shes leaning in again, and to a tune of her own choosing.
Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet, Monica Lewinsky writes...
Actually, Monica, it was your behavior that led to global humilation.
Ah, let’s remember how she introduced herself to Bill. She is not a prude.
Early July: Monica S. Lewinsky begins work as an intern in the White House chief of staff’s office.
(Reuters)Nov. 13: Lewinsky accepts a paying job dealing with correspondence at the White House office of legislative affairs.
Nov. 15: During the government shutdown, Clinton visits the chief of staff’s office for a birthday party. Lewinsky lifts her jacket and shows him the straps of her thong underwear. Then he invites Lewinsky to his private study, where they kiss. Later that evening, they have a more intimate sexual encounter during which he takes a call from a member of Congress.
Nov. 17: Lewinsky and the president have another sexual liaison during which he spoke to Rep. Sonny Callahan (R-Ala.) on the phone.
Economic collapse = roaring economy
Ice storms are caused by Global Warming
And Monica Lewinsky is a prudish feminist role model for young women.
Write a book and sell the dress at auction.
And you are not unattractive - find a good man. Everything opposite a Clinton.
There is a new euphemism there somewhere....
If this had been a republican president, the teen, unpaid intern, would never have been converted into being the one in power, and that goes for ever other female, including clear cut victims, that the media turned into super predators, and greedy trash, etc, exploiting the poor guy who became a two term president of the United States.
MAUREEN O’CONNOR”S nickname for Mo Dowd: Moremean Dowdy, as I used to call her
Can I get a CZJ photo?
I think it’s a fairly safe bet that the Clintons were doing the “daily double” with interns back in 96.
Monica has become a cheesy joke.
Huma will become WH Chief of Staff.
Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet,
You were the first of Slick Willy’s stable of whores outed publicly and justifiably subjected to global humiliation for your part of the sleazy affair.
Never heard about that before. So, who was licking whose poop chute?
Monica was Bill Clinton’s Chef. She tossed his Salad.
Funny how that little fact is never mentioned. Just saying.
From everything I've heard, this woman is just terminally stupid. She's been working on her book for years, and can't seem to get anywhere.
She could have made a fortune from her "fame", but her fondness for the Clintons is holding her back... as if she's expecting that they'll do something nice for her in return. What a fool.
Check out Ken Starr’s report on Monicagate.
It’s all in there.
He: Vienna sausage/hallway
She: Softball/garden hose
I was tired of hearing about this bitch back in 96, now we have to hear about her again?
Thanks for nothin’.
Sounds like she still has a bad taste in her mouth.
Mark Thackery ("Sir"): "First, the young ladies.They must prove worthy of the courtesies we will show them.Soon, boyfriends and marriage will concern you.No man likes a slut for long."
(To Sir with Love,1967)
umm no actually she’s still a whore.
Went to that movie on my first real date. Poitier was total class in the midst of working class kids who didn’t know any better. Still love the movie and have it on DVD.
if monica never did what she did drudge would have had nothing.
monica made her choices andso did bill and the whore is upset others found out and reported what the whore and the man-slut did.
She lives in Santa Monica? You can’t make this stuff up!
Her step-mom (Barbara Lewinski) works for A Window Between Worlds in Venice.
I’m nostalgic for Monica. For the better part of two years while Congress and the executive were embroiled in the burning question of whether bj got a bj, for the most part we were left alone. The economy thrived and the times were generally good. All because the actions of one indiscreet tart.
OK, the answer to your original question is “Monica’.
I haven’t read the Starr Report, and I really don’t want to. I just read about it on another Web Site.
Monica is silly thinking anyone will consider her seriously.
That said, I know senior executives who were summarily fired for the exact same offense. The President is no victim here. We need to be vocal about that. He was “the grown up in the room.” He had an obligation to his office, his wife, his family and to his employees. He violated all of that trust.
I feel sorry that this silly girl ruined her own life. My daughter is now the age that Lewinsky was at the time. My girl knows better. But she also expects to be treated with respect by her employers.
Just think, fellas. Fifteen years ago in Washington DC, a nineteen year old girl was targeted by the President of the USA and a vast team of grown scumbags who were in the business of destroying formidable people. When our hero (Bill Clinton) started to get nervous about Monica, he and his advisors devised a story about an obsessed “stalker” somehow posing a threat to Clinton.
One man that didn’t fall for this was the leftist British reporter, Christopher Hitchens. One day he had a few beers with a close frien, Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, who blabbed about Clinton being menaced by a “stalker”. When the Clinton crowd began to spin the Lewinsky story , Hitchens realized this “stalker” was a twenty year old intern who Clinton had seduced. Hitchens lost friends, but to him Clinton was forever lower than whale scheiss.
Good girl? Prude?
What a joke
Thank you! I really didn’t want to read the whole report either. Not to find out the answer to what was merely a casual question.
I guess all those people who claimed it was just about a BJ were obviously a few inches off.
Allow me to apologize in advance.
The best Mind Bleach is 80 Proof.
I’d say Monica needed to rinse with a little 80 proof or better. lol
Sluts are like that, though.
Trixie gave the girl good advice on the blue dress.
If she’s a prude I’m a major movie star.
I wonder when Hollyweird will make a full length feature movie on Bubba and the Intern. Prolly never....
Of course she is an idiot; she’s someone who messed with a married politician and a married man. If not for Tripp, she would likely be dead on Hillary’s orders.
She wasn’t a mistress.
More like a Humidor or Tube Sock for Slick Willie.
...the woman who had oral-anal contact in the Oval Office...
Never heard about that before. So, who was licking whose poop chute?
You misunderstand. That just means she kissed Clinton.
As I remember it, in Lewinsky's August 26, 1998 deposition, she said that, as part of the flirting, Clinton commented on how much he liked her clothing and that he'd like to see what was under it. That's when Monica flashed her thong.
I could be wrong, but note that Starr only summed up the ultimate result of flirting in his report.
Again, it's a tiny difference, but to me she loses 0.39% of her tramp factor if she flashed in response to Clinton's comment as opposed to doing it on her own.
And maybe she was unaware that Bill was married. Or, maybe she is just a tramp. Of course, Bill is the real tramp but we had known that for a long time.
LOL But of course!