It’s been one heck of a couple of week’s over here. I’ve been sick and a lot of crummy life stuff has been rearing it’s ugly head, so I’ve been dropping the ball with a lot of things – not just with the blog, but in my day to day life as well. But I’ve been getting a lot of strength from listening to other women and this afternoon I found this incredible interview that Roseanne did in 1998 with Paula Jones. I wanted to share it because it was really interesting and eye-opening to watch, and it helped to make me feel a bit stronger.
I was a teenager when all of this was going on, so it was a bit difficult to understand at the time, and I never heard Paula Jones’ side of the story until today.
One thing that struck me is how easy it can be for people to pass judgement on women (and men) who are in these situations, without even attempting to put themselves into their shoes. In the moment, it really is just about survival – it’s about getting out of that room, getting out of that situation, no matter what you have to say or do to get out of it. We all do what we can to survive, and there is nothing wrong or shameful about that.
After watching this interview I have a lot of respect for Paula, she was up against so much, exposing such a powerful public figure, but she did it, even though she had so much to lose, and that takes a hell of a lot of courage and a hell of a lot of strength.
It’s amazing how little seems to have changed in the twenty years that have gone by since. Real change needs to happen now – it is long overdue and there have been way too many missed opportunities.