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Quickies: Monica Lewinsky, street harassment, and hacking traffic lights

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. I’m 28 now, so I was rather young when all the Monica Lewinsky stuff was going down. And I only barely had a grasp on what was happening with it all. But I actually recall thinking even as a young kid… why is everyone focusing so much on this woman and not the (male) president? Shouldn’t the blame be equal? But given how nearly everyone me was talking, this was some crazy psycho who didn’t know how to let go, like it was a real life Fatal Attraction.

    A couple months ago, I went back and watched the big interview Monica Lewinsky did shortly after the incident had quieted down, and damn, did it give me a different perspective. She actually held herself with enormous dignity at a time when merely her surname could be used as a pejorative. And when she broke down when talking about how her treatment impacted her family life, I got the MAJOR major feels. I have far more respect for her now.

  2. My recollection of the Clinton-Lewinsky media circus was that Clinton got at least as much flak as Lewinsky, if not more. Phrases like “Willy’s willy” and “can’t keep his pants zipped” were memes at the time. Also note that the Republicans used it as a basis for one of the charges that he was impeached on. On the other hand, pro-Clinton partisans tried to portray Clinton as a victim of a scheming Lewinsky in a (IMHO misguided) attempt to defend him. It didn’t work very well because Clinton was known as a womanizer even before he was elected.

    (For the record, I voted for him both times, but was pretty PO’ed at him. Everyone knew the Republicans were looking for something to hang him for, but he did it anyway. And blew whatever power he might have had to do something in his second term.)

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