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Monica Lewinsky has officially joined Twitter, as confirmed by a Vanity Fair retweet and a little blue checkmark beside her name.
As three parts resume, one part joke, her bio looks like one of a normal rather than that of a 16-year cultural shorthand for political vice. It reads: "social activist. public speaker. contributor to vanity fair. knitter of things without sleeves."
Her icon looks like an outtake from her Vanity Fair tell-all, "Shame and Survival," which was published in May of this year. That's the same column that she penned the call-out heard round the internet: "Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'"
It's also the column in which she discussed her relationship with Bill Clinton as it would have been experienced had social media been as powerful in 1998 as it is now:
I know I'm not alone when it comes to public humiliation. No one, it seems, can escape the unforgiving gaze of the Internet, where gossip, half-truths, and lies take root and fester. We have created, to borrow a term from historian Nicolaus Mills, a "culture of humiliation" that not only encourages and revels in Schadenfreude but also rewards those who humiliate others, from the ranks of the paparazzi to the gossip bloggers, the late-night comedians, and the Web "entrepreneurs" who profit from clandestine videos.
Following those words, she wonders, "Having lived humiliation in the most intimate possible way, I marvel at how willingly we have all signed on to this new way of being." But apparently she's now finally willing and ready to sign on—right before the 2016 election, as any number of political sites have surely already noted.