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Do we owe Monica Lewinsky an apology?

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Monica Lewinsky penned an essay in Vanity Fair in which she discusses her evolution in the 20 years since her affair with former president Bill Clinton. Many feel America owes Lewinsky a serious apology for the unfair treatment of her; Lewinsky was attacked while Clinton was forgiven. But others argue, at 22 years old, Lewinsky was an adult responsible for her own decisions, and she doesn't deserve any pity. What do you think?

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On the 20th anniversary of the Ken Starr investigation which uncovered Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with an intern to the world, Monica Lewinsky has penned an essay in Vanity Fair discussing her trauma and reckoning two decades later.

He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college.

In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Lewinsky reevaluates her relationship with the former president and the abuse she endured in the years after the affair. Beginning with Harvey Weinstein, the movement of women supporting one another has empowered Lewinsky to speak honestly about her experiences 20 years ago.

I—we—owe a huge debt of gratitude to the #MeToo and Time’s Up heroines. They are speaking volumes against the pernicious conspiracies of silence that have long protected powerful men when it comes to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and abuse of power.
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The latest essay from Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement have reignited debate about America's treatment of her throughout the years. Did a 22-year-old intern really deserve the level of abuse she endured at the hands of the media, the public and the White House? How can liberals claim to be feminist while not acknowledging their past mistake of blaming Lewinsky for the scandal rather than the president?

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But others feel Lewinsky does not deserve any pity. She's spent the last 20 years milking her position and playing up her victimhood for book deals and attention. At 22, she was responsible for her decision to enter into a relationship with a married man. And because her relationship does not constitute sexual assault in the way many of those involved in the #MeToo movement have, she doesn't deserve to co-op the movement for her own gain.

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Do we owe Monica Lewinsky an apology?
A festive crown for the winner
#SorryMonica
#DontPityMonica