Rapper T.I.’s Comments on His Daughter’s Hymen Check Exposes Dangerous Myths and Misconceptions About Women

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T.I. attends the TIDAL X: 1015 concert at the Barclays Center on October 15, 2016, in New York. (Shutterstock)

Rapper T.I. faced a wave of backlash after admitting in a podcast interview that he forces his teenage daughter to go to the gynecologist every year with him to “check her hymen” and make sure it is “still intact.” The practice of checking hymens, or so-called virginity tests, has been condemned by the United Nations (UN) as “degrading” and having “no scientific validity.” 

During an interview with Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham on Ladies Like Us, T.I. said that he goes to the gynecologist every year with his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah Harris. 

“So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor comes and talk, and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism,” T.I. said, according to BuzzFeed News. “He’s like, ‘You know, sir, I have to, in order to…

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