Iris Caldwell recounts overcoming pressure to talk about sex on 'Married at First Sight'

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Published on 15 Oct 2021, 15:51
After two decades of contributions to the genre and the culture — and an ongoing reckoning around racism in entertainment — it’s time to ask: What does reality TV owe Black women?

Black women have appeared as some of the genre’s most iconic stars and are the subject of quotes and memes that fuel Internet culture and social media discourse. But Black women are also often stereotyped as angry or too sensitive or ill-informed. Then, they’re sidelined and villainized.

Iris Caldwell appeared on Season 9 of Lifetime's “Married at First Sight,” in which couples literally meet on their wedding day. Caldwell’s main story line, which focused on her virginity, received an overwhelming amount of attention.

“When it came to a lot of sexual stuff, I was like, ‘I'm not gonna answer that,’” Caldwell said. “And so, I hope that a lot of other women … can also see that and know that, hey, it's okay for some things to be off-topic.” Read more: wapo.st/3j5y65a. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: wapo.st/2QOdcqK

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