Connect with us

History

Monica Lewinsky Says #MeToo

Former White House intern re-examining her interactions with Bill Clinton.

Published

on

Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern most famous for her affair with former president Bill Clinton (and subsequent federal investigation), wrote an essay for Vanity Fair about the affair’s long-term effects on her life, and her re-contextualization of it in the anti-sexual harassment and assault #MeToo movement.

Her thoughts also mark the 20th anniversary of the Kenneth Starr investigation into the Whitewater scandal — which exposed the affair between White House intern Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton.

In the essay, she speaks about the amount of negative press attention she received, and of “feeling alone” after being investigated and denounced by Clinton.

Lewinsky’s reemergence has come amid a resurgence in pop-culture coverage of 1990s-era national news scandals, including the film I, Tonya and the anthology television series American Crime Story. The Crime Story producers have announced plans to feature the Lewinsky-Clinton affair in the show’s fourth season.

In the essay, Lewinsky recounts finally meeting with Starr, which left her feeling pretty weird, it seems.

This was the man who had turned my 24-year-old life into a living hell in his effort to investigate and prosecute President Bill Clinton on charges that would eventually include obstruction of justice and lying under oath — lying about having maintained a long-term extramarital relationship with me.

Ken Starr asked me several times if I was ‘doing okay.’ A stranger might have surmised from his tone that he had actually worried about me over the years.

His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable.

Lewinsky, who graduated from Lewis & Clark College, may yet cast the events of 1995-1997 in a different light, based on her revelations, the lens of history and the burgeoning #MeToo movement.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Mary Dolan is a recent graduate of the journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow her on Twitter @scenesfromamary

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government1 week ago

New Year, New Laws for 2019

New year means new laws.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 weeks ago

Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House

Democrats continued to control the House on Thursday by electing Nancy Pelosi who returned to be the first woman to...

by , Mercy College
Government2 weeks ago

The House to Approve Legislation of Reopening of the Government

Late Thursday night, the new Democratic House passed bills that would reopen the government without paying for Trump’s border wall....

by , Mercy College
Government2 weeks ago

Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020

On New Years Eve, Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts, announced that she will become a candidate to enter the 2020...

by , Mercy College
Government3 weeks ago

Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a Public Option for Generic Drugs

The Massachusetts senator wants to take on big pharma.

by , The Catholic American University
Art4 weeks ago

Movie Review: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

The Mexican director's latest reflects the modern state of the human experience.

by , The Catholic American University
Environment4 weeks ago

California Mandates All New Public Transit Buses Go Electric by 2029

The Golden State wants their buses more greener on the roads.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

New York Governor Cuomo Pushes for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in 2019

Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will be pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019, according to...

by , Mercy College

Top Reads