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Monica Lewinsky: Public shame ‘sticks to you like tar’

New York Daily News New York Daily News 16/04/2016 MEERA JAGANNATHAN

Monica Lewinsky arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Monica Lewinsky arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Infamous White House intern-turned-cyberbullying activist Monica Lewinsky compares her years of public shaming to “a skinning of sorts.”

“I felt like every layer of my skin and my identity were ripped off of me in ’98 and ’99,” she told The Guardian in a profile published Saturday. “You feel incredibly raw and frightened. But I also feel like the shame sticks to you like tar.”

Lewinsky, now 42, has emerged as a passionate anti-bullying advocate almost two decades after her sex scandal with former President Bill Clinton dragged her through headlines and made her the butt of every oral sex joke.

She broke a years-long silence on their tryst and its fallout in a 2014 Vanity Fair feature.

In the Guardian interview, appropriately conducted by "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" author Jon Ronson, Lewinsky compared the act of bullying to cutting.

“People who cut are trying to localize (sic) their pain. I think with bullying, people are suffering for myriad reasons and are projecting it. Instead of cutting themselves, they’re cutting someone else.”

The scandal-scarred TED talker also opened up — as she has previously — about coming “very close” to a suicide attempt, going so far as to work out the method.

“I think some young people don’t see suicide as an ending, but as a reset,” she said.

The onerous task of combating online harassment, she added, isn’t just on men.

“Women are not immune to misogyny,” Lewinsky said. “I think it’s fair to say that whatever mistakes I made, I was hung out to dry by a lot of people — by a lot of the feminists who had loud voices. I wish it had been handled differently.

“It was very scary and very confusing to be a young woman thrust on to the world stage and not belonging to any group. I didn’t belong to anybody.”

Lewinsky declined in the interview to comment on loudmouthed mogul Donald Trump’s remark that she’d be “fair game” in his campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — but did show off her new line of anti-bullying emojis and GIFs.

"I’m affected by what happens on the world stage. But I don’t let it deter me," she said. "I’m incredibly grateful for the movement I have in my life right now."

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