‘Red Table Talk’: Jada Pinkett Smith Regrets That She Left Herself ‘Vulnerable To Be Taken Advantage of’

Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, only attended college for one year, at the North Carolina School of the Arts. However, Jada explained in a recent Red Table Talk that there were many moments that she was “vulnerable to be taken advantage of.”

'Red Table Talk' stars Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Jada Pinkett Smith
‘Red Table Talk’ stars Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Jada Pinkett Smith | Facebook/Sophy Holland

Jada Pinkett Smith disagreed with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, about ‘sexual consent’

On Oct. 20, 2020, Jada, her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield-Norris, addressed “The Sexual Consent Debate” on their Facebook Watch Red Table Talk. The three women usually agree when they talk about tough topics. However, during this episode, Gammy was not on board with Jada and Willow’s opinion.

Gammy and Jada specifically disagreed on whether a woman knows what a man is thinking about sex. If a woman goes to a man’s hotel room, is she thinking he will want to have sex? Gammy says she should know, while Jada and Willow both disagreed. Willow believes that the girl might want to spend more time with the man but not want to have sex. However, Gammy thinks that the woman must know that the man is thinking about having sexual relations.

Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris
Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris | D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET

“Young ladies are not prepared,” Jada explained. “They’re not. Where are you supposed to learn it? You and I never had a conversation about that,” she remembered about her and her mother. “We are expecting these young girls to just know, and that’s ridiculous.”

‘Red Table Talk’: Jada revealed she put herself in many situations where she was ‘vulnerable’

Willow believes that Jada thoroughly educated her that men always have sex on their minds. However, Jada feels that she never had those discussions with her mother. 

“I didn’t have that education,” Jada admitted. “I was constantly putting myself in situations that I didn’t need to be in. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have even been drunk at college parties. I left myself vulnerable to be taken advantage of.”

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
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Jada revealed that her self-esteem played a role in putting herself in dangerous situations. She felt that she was always too skinny, and men never paid attention to her. So, when a man did show interest in her, she got caught up in it and regrets it now. 

Although she was only at the North Carolina School of Arts for one year, Jada feels that she put herself in many situations that she should not have.

“I definitely got into some situations in where I didn’t vocalize in a way that I should have,” Jada added. “Me not necessarily understanding the dynamics, you go further than you want to, and then you feel like it’s too late to stop.”

Jada, Willow, and Gammy hope that by sharing their experiences on The Red Table Talk, they will help prevent other women from being in the same uncomfortable situations.