Days after four women accused Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of pursuing inappropriate relationships with them as kids, Twitter was filled with photos of middle school dances and orthodontia.
“The Daily Show” writer Lizz Winstead started the hashtag “Me At 14” after Leigh Corfman, now 53, accused then 32-year-old Moore of initiating a sexual relationship with her in 1979, when she was 14 years old.
Winstead’s goal was to prove that 14-year-olds are incapable of giving consent.
“This is me at 14. 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?” she captioned a photo with the hashtags “Me At 14” and “No Moore.”
Quickly, hundreds of women jumped onto the hashtag, sharing their own teenage experiences.
“I 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,” tweeted Katie Couric.
“I worshipped my brother. I loved my dog, Pucci. I loved OMD. I had Big hair. I was happy. I was innocent,” wrote Alyssa Milano.
Other women took the opposite approach, sharing stories of sexual abuse at 14.
“I was actually 15 in this pic .. but pregnant at 14. it took me decades to realize the most of the bad things that happened to me were NOT MY FAULT. I AM SO HAPPY that we might have put a stop to MEN ABUSING GIRLS & Women!!” one woman wrote.
“Here’s #MeAt14 playing at the park with friends. This was the same summer my mom’s boss saw me sucking on a lime wedge and said, ‘any girl that can suck like that is going to be very popular in high school,’” tweeted another.
“I was a singer, active in choir & loved my daddy so much I never told him when I was 5/6 yrs old I’d been molested by a 20yr old neighbor cuz I knew he’d kill him & go to prison. I believe Moore’s accusers-that GOP doesn’t is beyond disturbing & hurts…a lot,” wrote another.