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Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out on Shame and Social Media

I remember when the scandal broke in 1998. I watched as the details unfolded.

I was not a supporter of President Clinton even before the scandal hit the media. There was "something" about him that just bugged me. I felt there was something sleazy about him, but I could not put my finger on it.

I also have to admit that, once the news was broken, I listened. I judged. I was not kind in how I viewed the situation, nor how I spoke of it. Of him. Or of her--Monica Lewinsky.

I was also glad that some of my indiscretions in my life were not made public. I would have had a difficult time knowing how to handle it. There is a price to pay for associations with public figures.

Ms. Lewinsky has now broken her silence and she is moving forward in a very courageous way. In a TED Talk this month at TED2015, Lewinsky spoke candidly about her choices in "The Price of Shame." (Link to the TED Talk)

Now as a social activist, Lewinsky is using her story and stories of others who are publicly shamed to deliver a message for a more compassionate and safer sensibility with social media.

I appreciate her candor and that she is using her experiences to bring awareness to the world as our media continues to evolve.

© Coral Levang, 2015


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Kasman wrote on March 22, 2015, 2:34 PM

She has been very brave in bringing further attention to herself and her time with Clinton. I have a lot of sympathy for her - she was a young intern dazzled by the presence of the most powerful man in the world. He should have known better and she shouldn't have been vilified for what happened.

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 2:40 PM

I agree with you in that she was blamed for his indiscretions. Though she played a part in it, it brought to attention just how much we live with double standards, even today.

If you haven't yet heard the talk, she is quite poised and is a very bright woman. She has some humor, too, that shows that she is learning how to deal with life. Hard to believe she is 41 years of age.

MegL wrote on March 22, 2015, 3:04 PM

I agree that I would not some of my indiscretions brought to light and I have no idea how I would deal with the shame!

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 3:15 PM

I am amazed that we pick and choose (as a society) who is the most shameful. It sure seems that women are shamed for those indiscretions more than men. Perhaps, it is still that "boys will be boys" mentality?

beachchair wrote on March 22, 2015, 7:29 PM

I hate to say it but when you play in mud you tend to get dirty. She got caught with the POTUS. Her life will never be the same. The choices you make will haunt you. I do not want my bad choices aired but then again I was not servicing the POTUS in the oval office.

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 8:13 PM

Of course, there is accountability that she has to bear, but why is it that she is "dirtier" than the former POTUS? It seems that we forgive him of his mud and continue to hold her up to a different light.

Thank you for your comment.

crowntower wrote on March 23, 2015, 3:43 AM

When it broke out in the media I was very young and I can;t understand what is happening and all I know is that Clinton is at stake and his presidency is at steak, that his wife joining the government whatever you call it as a revenge on him. Hehehehe.... anyway I can't say anything much for I don't really dig on what happens in their lives before... so much troubles has my time right now. God bless and thank you for this post.

LeaPea2417 wrote on March 23, 2015, 11:54 AM

I used to make fun of her and think "how could she allow herself to fall for Bill Clinton who was in the public and married"? But, then I started thinking that she was young and naive and really thought she had a chance with him. When I was younger , "love" would blind me and make me think no relationship was impossible, if that makes sense. So, I can understand how she felt then. I am glad today she is giving the wise advice to others from what she went through.

PriscillaKing wrote on March 24, 2015, 3:55 PM

The scandal broke after I'd researched a couple dozen Clinton scandals that were worse. He was our President at the time, too, but he was no gentleman and I turned down the opportunity to shake his hand. So the shame attaching to Lewinsky felt more like "How could she not know A, B, and on through Z about him? It's not as if his staff have been hard to talk to"...the Clinton administration was absolutely packed with charming, approachable people who would have warned, and undoubtedly had warned, Lewinsky. (The history of the Clinton administration is just one story of a subordinate being blamed for the boss's bad ideas after another., Even though he seems to be heterosexual, BC took advantage of men almost as shamefully as women. It's a game played in Arkansas and elsewhere, but it's tacky.)