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Monica Lewinsky Gave A Powerful Speech About Online Harassment And Public Humiliation

"It’s time. Time to stop tiptoeing around my past... time to take back my narrative."

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On March 19, Monica Lewinsky gave a talk at the TED2015 conference in Vancouver.

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In a speech titled "The Price of Shame," Lewinsky discusses her infamous affair with President Bill Clinton and the "culture of humiliation."

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She said the coverage and public shaming of her after the affair was revealed was sexist, since she "was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo, and, of course, 'That Woman.'"

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And she also mentioned Tyler Clementi — a college student who committed suicide when his roommate secretly recorded his sexual encounter with with another man — as an example of the real dangers of cyberbullying.

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Lewinsky's powerful speech challenges people to think harder about publicly shaming, humiliating, and ultimately harming others.

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And it also sends a strong message to everyone who's still tuning into her story.

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Watch Monica Lewinsky's full TED talk:

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