In the same Cosmo interview, Schwimmer shared how his mom and sister — and every woman in his family except his six-year-old daughter — have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives, so these stories are very personal to him.
“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,” Schwimmer said. “Because you spend your whole life not being treated with the kind of respect that men are automatically given.”
Make sure to check out the rest of the #ThatsHarassment video series, because each film depicts how quickly sexual harassment can happen and how common it is for women to repeatedly brush these encounters under the rug — or worse — blame themselves.
These situations are never okay, and should not be tolerated under any circumstance. We hope these films keep this vitally important conversation alive.