Monica Lewinsky's new article detailing her affair with former President Bill Clinton includes an explanation of why she doesn't consider herself a "Feminist, capital F" -- and why she's still not Hillary Clinton's biggest fan.
Vanity Fair's June issue, featuring Lewinsky's tell-all, doesn't officially come out until Thursday, but New York magazine managed to pick up an early copy at a newsstand. The magazine pulled nine highlights from the piece, including Lewinsky's frustrations with what she calls the "Feminist, capital F" movement:
I still have deep respect for feminism and am thankful for the great strides the movement has made in advancing women's rights over the past few decades. But, given my experience of being passed around like gender-politics cocktail food, I don't identify myself as a Feminist, capital F. The movement's leaders failed in articulating a position that was not essentially anti-woman during the witch hunt of 1998.
The story also includes Lewinsky's reaction to the report that the former first lady had described her as a "narcissistic loony toon."
"Yes, I get it," Lewinsky writes of the comment. "Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband's mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling."
While Lewinsky's assessment of the former secretary of state is less than flattering, some conservatives have theorized that the article and ensuing media frenzy is all part of Clinton's grand plan.
"I really wonder if this isn't an effort on the Clintons' part to get that story out of the way," Lynne Cheney, wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, said during a Tuesday interview with Fox News. "Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary didn't want in Vanity Fair?"
Fox's Greg Gutfeld offered a similar theory.
"I think this has something to do with building sympathy," he said Tuesday. "People are going to say it's to take Hillary down, but it's not really. It's to build Hillary up."
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