From the article:
Reliving the events of 1998 was traumatic, yes—but also worth it, if it helps another young person avoid being “That Woman”-ed.
Source: “Who Gets to Live in Victimville?”: Why I Participated in a New Docuseries on The Clinton Affair | Vanity Fair
There is a lot of judgement placed on victims. Monica Lewinsky haw written this article on what it means to be victimized like this.
By all rights she was too young, too naive, and too easy a target for a rich and powerful man. She might have been willing to sleep with him, but we can assuredly say she did not consent to being abandoned when it all came out, and painted by the media with a horrifying brush.
Bill Clinton is a dick. He was a dick then and he’s still a dick, if you listen to his responses to interviews about this.
He could have mitigated the damage done to this woman’s life, and let’s make it clear that the phrase damage to her life is not hyperbole.
She lives in a world where every waking moment she is perceived and treated the same way for the naive actions of a 20 year old who had feelings for her boss. She has never been allowed to move on from it.
Bill Clinton, the President of the United States of America, could have mitigated that life long harm. He could have redirected the conversation when he was being investigated and interviewed.
Hell, he could have “manned up” and said yes he had an affair. That was between him and his wife. The girl had nothing to do with it, and used his power and voice to child her.
Instead, he threw her to the wolves as a sacrifice in his privileged status. He could move on and ignore it. Monica? Never.
The only thing unique about Monica’s situation is that it captured the national spotlight, and now she is never going to be allowed to move past a blowjob from when she was 20.
Can you imagine? I’ve given ill advised blow jobs when I was that age. Yet nobody has ever based their character judgment of me on it.
This is what happens to women. They are disposable to men in power, and discarded as soon as it becomes apparent they’ve been caught out.