Lewinsky writes an essay for Vanity Fair, detailing her personal feelings about her affair with former president Bill Clinton. This is the first time Lewinsky has addressed the affair in detail in a public forum. Lewinsky claims the broken silence is a form of “taking back my narrative” to “give a purpose to my past.” The piece describes the way the Clinton administration branded Lewinsky as a perpetrator, claiming she “was made a scapegoat in order to protect his [Clinton’s] powerful position.”
That was one of the worst days of my life. I was a virgin to humiliation of that level until that day. To be in the vortex of this media maelstrom was quite alarming, and frightening and confusing. I think a lot, too, had to do with the fact that I was a woman. To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context…it was excruciating.
She details the difficulty she had in finding employment, as well as the moral conflict she felt over lucrative offers to share her story with the media. Her goal moving forward, she writes, is to help victims of online harassment, claiming that she was “possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”