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Monica Lewinsky and the refusal of shame

After the Clinton scandal of the 1990s, Lewinsky spent years speaking about regret, humiliation and the corrosive effects of online shaming. Then #metoo happened

By Katherine Angel  

Lewinsky wasn't just shamed for her actions, but for displaying vulnerability. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Monica Lewinsky is killing it on Twitter. Last week, US Vice-President Mike Pence was quoted by the Washington Times as saying: “Spend more time on your knees than on the internet.” (He was talking about prayer.) American writer and journalist Lauren Duca wrote “OK, who’s gonna tell him?” Monica Lewinsky replied, “def not me,” adding a side-eye emoji. It pretty much broke the internet. And it encapsulates a shift in the way she has publicly related to…

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