Watch this troubling NSFW PSA from the #ThatsHarassment campaign

When Cosmo was auditioning models for this PSA on sexual harassment, 90% of the women who auditioned said they'd had a similar sexually inappropriate experience. It's one of six in the series.

Originally produced in Israel by Sigal Avin, the new English versions star newcomers as well as Cynthia Nixon, Emmy Rossum, Grace Gummer, Cristela Alonzo, and David Schwimmer, who executive produced. Schwimmer said:

"There was one discussion [about 'The Photographer'] where somebody said, 'I’m very glad people are doing #ThatsHarassment project, but that’s too much. Who does that?'" Avin recalled. "And then a model jumped in and said, 'This is nothing compared to what I’ve been through.' [The first person] took it back and said she was sorry and was shocked to see that had happened."

The Actor

The Doctor

The Boss

The Coworker

The Politician

Comedian Bobby Cannavale plays the photographer, and he's always great as this kind of guy. Here he is with Louis CK in a classic:

The photographer (YouTube / Cosmopolitan)

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  1. That was really disturbing. I really don't know what to say that's not obvious.

  2. I mean... this is not surprising or unknown? Many of us has experienced similar, as the model in the article noted. It's sort of depressing how many men are surprised by this, frankly.

  3. The Doctor one - basically could have had a camera in the room with me a few years ago - right down to it being a fill-in for my regular doctor. I wrote a letter of complaint to the corporation that owned the office. There was no follow up from them. A went in a couple of times after and met with the nurse practitioner. The doctor was still there. It was too uncomfortable for me. I left the practice. I regret that I did not go to the police but I just didn't want to deal with all the hassle of it, and wasn't sure what I would get out of that.

    The doctor was very practiced in how he groomed me to his touch. He did the "normal" doctor things in ways that were not quite normal before he just went straight up my shirt in a way that was definitely not normal. It would be hard for any person to say that he exactly did something wrong. Except just that it's not how any other doctor has ever done that.

    It was very difficult, too, as the molesty doctor was one of the best ones with prescribing medicine, so it was like, okay, is there some way to work with this jerk to get the care I need?

  4. I found the photographer one most disturbing because of the bored crew and clients sitting silently as that happened.

  5. It's an interesting idea to make these videos feel as uncomfortable as these moments actually are, rather than to sexualize them. These are very similar to porn videos, except instead of feeling sexy, it feels like crap to watch these. Which is EXACTLY what it feels like when someone tries to take their fantasy IRL.

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