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 Players, timeline, documents, quick votes, quiz, archives. AllPolitics' in-depth look at the investigation into the president's relationship with Monica Lewinsky has it all.


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Feminists Mostly Mum On Clinton's Behavior

From Correspondent Jim Hill


LOS ANGELES (AllPolitics, Aug. 23) -- Since President Clinton's public admission of a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, one normally high-profile group has kept largely silent -- the nation's feminist leaders.

The women's movement built its reputation battling the kind of behavior to which the president admitted. But few feminist leaders have taken a strong stand either for or against Clinton.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schafley calls it pure politics.

"He gave them everything they wanted, even partial-birth abortion," she says. "So they are living up to their bargain not to criticize him."

In other recent cases, feminists were out in force. And in some instances, they were a powerful force in shaping the issues.

For example, when Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, feminist leaders were solidly behind her. They openly criticized former Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., who resigned over sexual harassment charges. And during the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, feminists rallied against domestic violence.

However, Clinton is a politician who has championed feminist issues and appointed women to positions of power, including the first female attorney general and the first female secretary of state.

Some feminist leaders admit to conflicting loyalties.

"His personal behavior -- his indiscretions -- do not match the high caliber of his public behavior, and it is disturbing," says Marion Goodman.

At least one former Clinton supporter, feminist attorney Gloria Allred, struggled with just such issues before taking a stand.

"Very reluctantly -- and I'm heartbroken to say this, it's very painful to me -- I feel that he should resign," she said.

But for the most part, feminist leaders appear to be watching quietly, waiting for the final report on the Lewinsky matter from Independent Counsel Ken Starr.

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