Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, who Jada affectionately refers to as “Gammy,” opened up during the recent “Red Table Talk” episode about a taboo subject that is more common than we probably think.
The Facebook Watch series is known for breaking down highly sensitive subjects from the perspectives of three generations of women–Jada, Adrienne, and Jada’s daughter Willow Smith.
On the series’ most recent episode, the discussion centered around consent and sexual relationships.
Jada opened up the conversation by saying they took a poll and every woman they interviewed admitted to having unwanted sex.
Right out the gate, Adrienne said, “To me, ‘no’ means ‘no.’ What else is there to talk about because ‘no’ means ‘no.’
Jada pressed her mother on the issue, asking her if she ever had a sexual experience that wasn’t consensual or “in that gray area.”
Adrienne replied that she had, but that it took place within her marriage to Jada’s father.
“I have, but it was also with my husband…your dad actually,” Adrienne replied to Jada. “So, that’s really gray.”
Jada reasked the question just to make sure she heard that right.
“So you’re basically saying you had non-consensual sex with my father,” Jada said to her mother, to which Adrienne confirmed with a nod before declining to discuss further.
You can watch the clip below:
Later in the episode, Amber Rose discussed a similar experience of having non-consensual intercourse in a committed relationship.
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#PressPlay: During the latest episode of #RedTableTalk the ladies talked about sexual consent, and #AmberRose was a guest and she shared her own personal experience of having nonconsensual sex with a former partner of her’s when she tried to leave the relationship. (📹: @redtabletalk)
The running theme seemed to be that women have felt pressured and even forced to have sexual relations, even when they are in a relationship with the person who is assaulting them.
It seems the conversation was necessary to have so we can start talking about the importance of consent, EVEN when one is in a relationship. We’ll keep you posted on this one.
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