Twitter Users Are Sharing Photos Of Themselves As Teens To Make An Important Point

“I was on the gymnastics team and sang in the choir. I was not dating a 32-year-old man.”

Reflecting on one's teenage years can be a mortifying endeavor, yet Twitter users are doing just that to shed light on an important issue. With the hashtag #MeAt14, they're elucidating how important age-of-consent-laws are.


The hashtag refers to the allegations facing Roy Moore, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama who accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers — including a 14-year-old girl he allegedly abused when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.

Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, created the #MeAt14 hashtag, according to the New York Daily News.

"This is me at 14," she tweeted on November 11. "I was on the gymnastics team and sang in the choir. I was not dating a 32-year-old man. Who were you at 14? Tweet a pic, tell us who you were."

Even famous folks have added their histories to the conversation, including actress Alyssa Milano. "I worshipped my brother," the Charmed alum tweeted. "I loved my dog, Pucci. I loved OMD. I had Big hair. I was happy. I was innocent."

TV anchor Katie Couric, meanwhile, "was eating a lot of chocolate chip cookie dough and learning to do the 'hustle' and not worrying about a 32-year-old man trying to hustle me."

Though many of these #MeAt14 posts are humorous — photos of gawky teenagers paired with humiliating puberty stories — their message is important: Age-of-consent laws exist for a reason.

According to Laurence Steinberg, a Temple University psychology professor whose work was covered by Slate, only 21 percent of 14-to-15-year-olds test at an average level of intellectual ability for adults. And psychosocial maturity takes even longer to develop.

For his part, Moore continues to deny the allegations. "They are completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago," he told reporters at a Veteran's Day event in Alabama, per NPR. "[They are] very hurtful to me personally."

Regardless, the conversation around sexual harassment and assault won't be silenced anytime soon — thanks in no small part to hashtags like #MeToo and now #MeAt14.

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