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/)