Rapper T.I. Boasts About Forcing Doctor To Check His Daughter’s Hymen
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rapper T.I. was trending Wednesday on Twitter, after boasting about how he makes sure his daughter is still a virgin. The outrage was immediate. Two podcast hosts asked T.I. if he’d had the sex talk with his daughters. He boasted he takes his now 18-year-old daughter to the gynecologist every year and has the doctor check her hymen to make sure she’s still a virgin.
In the podcast, T.I. explains, in part, “We have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.” And, “I say look, doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports, man, just check the hymen please and give me back my results. Expeditiously.”
While the podcast hosts laughed hysterically, the reaction from listeners was quite different. Rapper Iggy Azalea, who used to consider T.I. her mentor, tweeted, “He has serious control issues with women in all aspects of his life & needs therapy.” She then deleted it. Author Frederick Joseph tweeted: “T.I. invading the space and humanity of his daughter like this is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard.”
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Gunter responded to his comments in a series of tweets, writing in part, “The hymen is no virginity indicator, 50% of sexually active teens do not have a disrupted hymen,” and, “The hymen means nothing physically and hymen exams are medically not a thing and are unnecessary. And support a disgusting patriarchal trope.”
And, in 2018, the World Health Organization and the United Nations issued a joint statement, calling on governments to ban so-called “virginity testing.” The WHO says, “There is no evidence that (checking the hymen) can prove whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse or not,” and “The term ‘virginity’ is not a medical or scientific term. Rather, the concept of ‘virginity’ is a social, cultural and religious construct – one that reflects gender discrimination against women and girls.”
WHO continues, “Many women suffer from adverse short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences of this practice. This includes anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. In extreme cases, women or girls may attempt suicide or be killed in the name of ‘honor.’
Performing this medically unnecessary and harmful test violates several human rights and ethical standards including the fundamental principle in medicine to ‘do no harm’. WHO recommends that this test should not be performed under any circumstances.” Click here to read more.
Will the education and public shaming work? Our question of the night: will T.I. change his behavior?
This episode’s panel features:
Fox Sports Charlotte radio host and comedian QCB
Janine Davis from V101.9 and founder and executive director of Girl Talk Foundation
Comedian Jonathan Williams