Regina king on dating white men
Urban Dictionary describes a “bed wench” in both its historical and slang terms. “A bed wench or bed warmer was a slave woman whose job was to sleep in their slave master’s bed, keeping it ‘warm’ so that when the slave-master was ready to have sex with them, they would be readily available.” Now for the slang version.
“[T]ypically, a term applied to females of African descent (but technically can be applied to all non-white women of all colors…) who gives herself to white men of high status sexually in exchange for privileges, promotions, etc.
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artist’s of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal.
James Baldwin birthed this baby, and Barry [Jenkins], you nurtured her and you surrounded her with so much love and support.
“During slavery, many enslaved Black women were raped by the men who owned them.
But is Olivia really a bed wench just because she has some white men in her sexual past? Because the term “bed wench” implies that the woman in question is there against her will.