Monica Lewinsky Opens Up About How #MeToo Redefined The Clinton Scandal
Monica Lewinsky is speaking out on the impact of the recent #MeToo movement as well as the alleged ability for the masses to see the supposed "gross abuse of power" between her and Bill Clinton over twenty years ago.
In an essay for Vanity Fair, the 44-year-old reflected on how people are looking back on that incident through a different lens. When Bill and Monica first started casually seeing each other, she was a 22-year-old intern at the White House making the relationship professionally inappropriate.
The recent flux of women who have accused people of sexual harassment and assault has caused her to look at the incident, which led to the impeachment of the president and eventual acquittal, through an entirely different perspective.
Following the massive public-shaming that took place, Lewinsky revealed she began to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. The recent #MeToo movement allowed her to "consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern."
Lewinsky stated even though her relationship with Bill couldn't be characterized as sexual assault, it still was a "gross abuse of power." The former intern revealed that looking at the traumatic incident in a new way has been challenging.
Palmieri, who worked in the Clinton administration and was the official whom Monica worked under, said the relationship between the president and Monica was very inappropriate.
She stated the power imbalance between the two made it a transgression, bordering on the line of corruption.
And while most would agree that what Monica endured was traumatic, some on social media have criticized the idea that "power-imbalances" make sexual relationships inappropriate, because that exact unequal share of social status, with the man being higher-ranking than the woman, is precisely what makes him attractive to her in the first place.