why these photos of stars at 13 bother us deeply

# Avant15PasdeConsentement, it's the hashtag that came up this weekend. Many personalities have used it to denounce the amendment adopted by the Senate on Thursday, January 21, 2021, creating a sexual crime against minors under 13 years old instead of 15 years old.

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, the Senate unanimously adopted a bill to create a new sex crime to protect minors under the age of 13. According to the text of the centrist Senator Annick Billon, children who are under 13 will no longer have to justify their non-consent during sex. This decision generates much debate and many people are mobilizing to have this sexual crime condemned from the age of 15.

The stars mobilize by posting photos of them at 13 years old

Celebrities committed to the protection of children rallied together with a hashtag, # Avant15PasdeConsentement, accompanied by a photo of them at the age of 13. Actress Alexandra Lamy, for example, posted a snapshot of her as a child, denouncing: "I'm 13, do I have a head to consent to sex ?! No to the amendment." While Alexandra Lamy's post is just one example, many have used the 13-year-old's physique argument to prove their non-consent.

The actress Andréa Bescond, author of the play The Tickles and victim of a pedophile, also posted a photo of her as a child. Xavier Dumoulin, Flavie Flament and many others have joined this cause on social media. However, this mobilization, if it is quite laudable, makes us terribly uncomfortable.

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Let's stop relying on the physical to talk about consent

This mobilization on Twitter through the hashtag # Avant15PasdeConsentement raises various issues. First of all, relying on the physique of a 13-year-old child to argue his non-consent to sex is not enough, it is even to say the least "borderline ". There have been many reactions on the subject. Author Coline Charpentier, for example, assures us that consent is not a question of physics, but of age, and the initiative of the hashtag is, here, the amalgam: "If we could not be based on physical to talk about consent and rape. Thus, we avoid falling into the most random sentences of men to justify rape: 'she was more mature', 'she was dressed as a … "Https://www.aufeminin.com/" This is problematic because it means judging a person's consent based on their physique and therefore taking the risk of sexualizing them. In addition, Coline Charpentier also mentions the work of Fatima Ouassak, The power of mothers, where the author "explains this question of bodies of racialized children sexualized very very early."

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Then, with that hashtag, there's this horror staging. We appeal to emotion instead of questioning a system. A few weeks ago, for example, Alexandra Lamy also decided to read, in front of the camera, testimonies from people who were victims of incest. However, the process is not necessary. It even seems to be counterproductive, because, deep down, doesn't emotion prevent the reaction and questioning of an entire system? Let us not forget: if we are to support the victims of incest and denounce the unforgivable, we must first of all find a solution for these people. And that does not mean staging the horror they have experienced and of which they are already aware. There is therefore no point in confronting them with such trauma with such procedures.