#ThatsHarassment

 

On March 31st, David Schwimmer released a series of videos featuring sexual harassment scenarios women face on a day to day basis. These videos are apart of a sexual harassment prevention initiative Schwimmer is heading to inform the public in a more realistic way exactly how casual harassment can look like.

During his interview on The View April 4th, Schwimmer stated he wanted to display situations where women face harassment in everyday life. He explains that there is a power dynamic involved that restrict women from sticking up for themselves and even notes on how normalized the acts of harassment have become.

These videos are informative in terms of revealing the grey areas of harassment. Schwimmer also stated in his interview how when it comes to intention, the harasser might not even be aware what they are doing is considered harassment, making another reason to produce these videos.

In his interview with Cosmopolitan Schwimmer acknowledged “In the course of these stories and this process, I was repeatedly putting myself in the mind-set of what it must be like to be a woman in the world today. When you’ve been objectified your entire life and become accustomed to being a second-class citizen in many, many ways — constantly told that you aren’t worth the same as men, basically, and that your body comes first, or what you look like comes first — it makes a lot more sense to me that a lot of women don’t even recognize when they’re being harassed. Because you spend your whole life not being treated with the kind of respect that men are automatically given.”

The critique I have would be the response to the harassment. I understand the videos purpose is to just show situations of harassment, but I truly do not believe women would be this passive and small reactions to the harassment, especially not to every instance.

Regardless, I applaud Schwimmer for producing these videos and taking part in curbing the normalization of harassment.

 

What do you think of the videos? Were the videos realistic to you? Comment below!

 

 

(featured image taken from http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a9215169/david-schwimmer-interview-sigal-avin-harassment/)

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4 thoughts on “#ThatsHarassment

  1. woah! That clip for the bar made me so mad. Am wondering if the lady is scared to speak up because it’s her first day at work. I think mainly fear drives a woman to not say anything, it’s not aggressive or too pushy and I think everyone is sold on the “Fact” that most guys are jerks and they brush it off.
    I know more and more women shut it down and will not tolerate it. There is also the sad fact that that woman may be called a B**ch around the office after speaking up.
    Glad they released these clips

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    1. Yeah I really liked the videos too. Like I said in my post, I think its important to have realistic relateable videos as well. I do agree to some extent women are taught to internalize some of the harassment they experience because “it happens”, but I want to emphasis that ANYONE can feel intimidated in those situations because it is about how to stand up for yourself in those power dynamics as well.

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