"I say, ‘Look, Doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.'" - T.I.
Notable U.S. rapper, actor, and host, T.I. faced backlash on social media for saying that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, to the gynecologist every year to check if her hymen is still intact. The controversial comment was recently made on Tuesday, during the podcast of Ladies Like Us. In the due course of the interview, hosts Nadia Moham and Nazanin Mandi asked the star if he's had the "sex talk" with his daughters. To this, T.I, a father of six, revealed how he handles this matter by checking his oldest daughter's virginity.
Rapper T.I. says he goes with daughter to gynaecologist every year to check her hymen https://t.co/dwsJA8kjx5— Sky News (@SkyNews) 6 November 2019
"Not only have we had the conversation. We have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," said the rapper according to CBS News. "Yes, I go with her." Further enraging the audience, the singing sensation shared that he put a sticky note on Deyjah's door following her 16th birthday party, which read, "Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30." Recalling the details of one such event, T.I. explains that the doctor asked Deyjah if she was comfortable sharing the results with her father or not. "So we'll go and sit down and the doctor comes and talk, and the doctor's maintaining a high level of professionalism. He's like, 'You know, sir, I have to, in order to share information' — I'm like, 'Deyjah, they want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you would not want me to know? See, Doc? Ain't no problem.'"
He does realize that the hymen is a very fragile piece that can break just from anything. There are cases of it breaking from a young girl playing on a playground equipment. I feel so bad for his young daughter. I wonder how he is truly behind closed doors.— Chill (@TheM0nsterIAm) 6 November 2019
The very practice of checking a woman's hymen to gauge her virginity has been condemned and deemed "humiliating and traumatic" by the World Health Organisation according to The Guardian. And despite acknowledging that a woman's hymen can be broken due to multiple reasons other than sex, he simply brushed off the fact by providing his own views. "So then they come and say, ‘Well, I just want you to know that there are other ways besides sex that the hymen can be broken like bike riding, athletics, horseback riding and just other forms of athletic physical activity’. So I say, ‘Look, Doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously," he said in the comment which has been edited out of the podcast now.
Y’all think growing up rich and having parents with money is a dream. We truly never know the horrors that go on behind closed doors. Who knows what other traumas these kids go through. Now it’s public too and this girl is going to need additional therapy.— carastillhere (@caragenie) 6 November 2019
Back in 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Human Rights and UN Women condemned virginity tests via a statement. "This medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end … WHO states that there is no evidence that either method can prove whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse or not," read the statement. Even last month, a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health described these methods of assessing one's virginity as "an assault on young women with no scientific or medical basis."
Scientists have long condemned so-called virginity testing as a violation of a woman’s rights, as well as a sham procedure unsupported by evidence.— The New York Times (@nytimes) 7 November 2019
“A virginity exam does not exist,” said Dr. Maura Quinlan. https://t.co/LHRmSTuLUO
Following T.I.'s comment, hundreds of Tweets attacking his disgusting statement were made. This included one from the sexual health nonprofit organization Planned Parenthood, who wrote: Idk who needs to hear this but virginity is a made-up social construct, and it has absolutely nothing to do with your hymen … Some people think you can tell if someone’s had sex before if their hymen is stretched open. But that’s not the case. According to The Guardian, neither T.I. nor Harris has provided a comment following the release of the episode. However, his 18-year-old daughter has liked the comments that berated her father and described his behavior to be "disgusting, possessive and controlling."
It's possible she signed a medical release or she chose to consent for the family member to be in the room during examination or during discussion with the doctor. We were not there to determine or know if she was coerced. All I can say is this dude needs some education.— Olive (@aydiosadios) 6 November 2019