9 New Things We Learned About Monica Lewinsky -- NYMag
about this piece, this is not about Me versus the Clintons," Monica
Lewinsky writes six pages into her first-person story in the new issue of
9 Things We Learned About Monica Lewinsky From Her New Tell-All Essay in Vanity
"Despite what some headlines will falsely
report about this piece, this is not about Me versus the Clintons,"
Monica Lewinsky writes six pages into her
first-person story in the new issue of Vanity Fair. But that doesn't
mean she doesn't have darts for the former — and possibly future — first
family, along with equally stinging criticisms for "capital F"
feminists, internet culture, and all the companies that have been too nervous
to hire her.
The full article, which Intelligencer picked
up early at a local newsstand, hits Vanity Fair's digital edition tomorrow and will be in
stores officially on May 13. Here's what we learned about being Monica Lewinsky
She has a thesis statement about the internet: "We may not have become a crueler society — although it sure
feels as if we have — but the internet has seismically shifted the tone of
our interactions. The ease, the speed, and the distance that our electronic
devices afford us can also make us colder, more glib, and less concerned about the
consequences of our pranks and prejudice," Lewinsky writes as the highbrow
justification for her essay. "Having lived in humiliation in the most
intimate possible way, I marvel at how willingly we have all signed on to this
new way of being."
Cited: Drudge Report, Twitter, YouTube,
Facebook, TMZ, Gawker, Tumblr, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post.
But she also Googles herself with some frequency: "Time for a little self-Google (Oh, dear reader, please do not
judge)," she writes in reference to an incident in February, when the
paparazzi appeared outside her building following the publication of a memo in
which Hillary Clinton referred to her as a "narcissistic loony toon."
She keeps up with popular culture, too, mentioning references to her infamy
made by Scandal, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, and
The suicide of gay Rutgers
student Tyler Clementi was her "Prufrockian moment: 'Do I dare /
Disturb the universe?'": "Or, in
my case, the Clinton universe," she quips. Later, she adds, "(I have
never actually attempted suicide, but I had strong suicidal temptations several
times during the investigation and during one or two periods after.)"
4. She participated in HBO's 2002 documentary Monica in
Black and White with a higher purpose, as well: Hoping to "shift the focus" from blow jobs
"to meaningful issues" of what she herself calls Interngate, Lewinsky
argues, "People seemed indifferent to the deeper matters at hand, such as
the erosion of private life in the public sphere, the balance of power and
gender equality in politics and media, and the erosion of legal protections to
ensure that neither a parent nor a child should ever have to testify against
each other." It didn't work. "How naïve I was," she sighs.
5. She's struggled financially: "I've managed to get by (barely, at times) with my own projects,
usually with start-ups that I have participated in, or with loans from friends
and family," she writes, denying she was ever offered a $12 million deal
for a memoir, as reported
by the New York Post in 2012.
Remembering all of her failed job interviews,
Lewinsky recalls one company revealing, "for us — and probably any other
organization that relies on grants and other government funding — it's
risky. We would first need a Letter of Indemnification from the Clintons. After
all, there is a 25 percent chance that Mrs. Clinton will be the next
president." (25? Seems low, no?)
Hillary will probably not get her vote:
Although she identifies as a "conscientious Democrat," Lewinsky says
of the aforementioned "loony toon" memo, "Yes, I get it. Hillary
Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband's mistress.
She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her
impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself —
troubling." Expect this line of argument, more than any other in the
piece, to continue through 2016.
7. She does not consider herself a Feminist: Not in a Shailene
Woodley way, but because of how she was treated in the '90s.
I still have deep respect for feminism and am
thankful for the great strides the movement has made in advancing women's
rights over the past few decades. But, given my experience of being passed
around like gender-politics cocktail food, I don't identify myself as a
Feminist, capital F. The movement's leaders failed in articulating a
position that was not essentially anti-woman during the witch hunt of 1998.
"I sorely wished for some sign of
understanding from the feminist camp. Some good, old-fashioned, girl-on-girl
support was much in need. None came," she writes, singling out a New York Observer
story called "New
York Supergals Love That Naughty Prez," featuring the musings of Erica
Jong, Nancy Friday, Katie Roiphe, and other big-name women.
Bill Clinton "satisfied" her? She kinda, maybe, sort of implies he
"reciprocated": Annotating the
above Observer dialogue, Lewinksy zeroes in on Susan Shellogg's
questions about the president: "And do you think it's tremendously
selfish? Selfish and demanding, having oral sex and not reciprocating? I mean …
she didn't say, 'Well, you know he satisfied me.'" Lewinsky responds:
Me: And where exactly "didn't" I say
this? In which public statement that I didn't make? In which testimony that's
not been released?
Salacious! Vague! Hm.
There may be a Maureen Dowd date in her future: "Sadly the gal who would really make this coven complete is
missing: Maureen Dowd, or Moremean Dowdy, as I used to refer to her. Today, I'd
meet her for a drink," Lewinsky writes. (She notes elsewhere, "women
themselves are not immune to certain kinds of misogyny.") But dampening
the spirit of reconciliation is Dowd's column
today in which she writes of Lewinsky's resurgence, "It was like a
Golden Oldie tour of a band you didn't want to hear in the first place."
On the other hand, we can't help but tap our foot and hum the lyrics.
Republican Zionist in collusion with their illegitimate father G W Bush the
axis of evil launched Monica Lewinsky in the political arena to make the
mother fucker Jeb Bush to have an easy access to
politics confronting Hillary Clinton to fight the Presidential battle,
and the mother fucker Jeb Bush do not know the Americans majority have already made up their mind and fixed on Hillary
Clinton as their next president after Obama.
a bitch can do anything otherwise. Already two mother fuckers Zionist tried to
be extra clever talking filth with a Lady of National Reputation as ex-First Lady
and ex- Secretary of State US of the nation, to smear her reputation, grace and
prestige got only a slight Jab to make lose their senses. If they are worth
being a human beings which normally the
Zionist are not would then they should shut up throughout their life’.
Nation and if Jeb Bush try to walk on to talk to bringing any subject to confront Hillary Clinton that
has no personal connection and pointedly to such incident then this Bastard GW
Bush a wanted genocide criminal would be sorted by the American Public for attempting to disgrace his old
father and mother . Then the brother of the war criminal would be taught a lesson
by the American public that he never thought and or expected of in his life, He therefore, better refrain from attempting to proceed on
order a secret inquiry and investigation to find out When the Republican Party
launched Monica Lewinsky to take up the
task to write a book with how much money pumped in to her to take up this task
and who is that person who motivated her to take up the task,
out and brought to the notice of the public. Also from when CNN was associated
with such doing to be found ote on urgency.