After T.I. Interview, New York Lawmakers Introduced a Bill to Prevent Hymen Checks to Determine ‘Virginity’
The father made headlines after claiming his daughter was taken to yearly trips to get her hymen checked to make sure she was a virgin. T.I. later walked back those comments after getting a lot of backlash.
Now there might be a new law made in New York because of his previous claims. Find out what bill has been introduced and more.
T.I. claimed he had a doctor check his daughter’s hymen to determine if she’s a virgin
The father was a guest on the podcast, Ladies Like Us. The conversation turned to him talking about sex and how he approached parenting his daughter.
“Not only have we had the conversation — we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen,” T.I. said of his daughter, Deyjah Harris. “Yes, I go with her.”
He went on to detail what these visits would be like for them. “So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor comes and talk, and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism,” he continued. “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.’”
The rapper said the doctor explained that hymens aren’t just broken from sex. That didn’t convince the father to not move forward.
“And 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,’” he said. “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 later claimed his comments were a joke
The interview got a lot of backlash. The creators of the podcast Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham decided to delete the episode. T.I. went on Red Table Talk to address his comments.
“It was a conversation I was having in a very joking matter,” he claimed. “I began to embellish and exaggerate, and I think people took it too literally. I never said I was in any exam room.”
He continued, “Never said it was being done present day as an 18-year-old. Never said that [Deyjah’s] mother wasn’t present. She was there every time. All of these things… it’s a false narrative.”
New York lawmakers are introducing a bill
According to The Hill, there was a bill being introduced in New York that could prevent this practice from happening on Nov. 25. It would prevent physicians from “performing or supervising virginity examinations” a memorandum for the legislation states. Later this week there was also a companion bill introduced to the Senate.
The goal of legislation “is to prevent the performance of hymen examinations on women as a means to ascertain whether a woman is a virgin.” The reason given is because “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.”
State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D) who worked on the legislation told The New York Post that she was “horrified” by T.I.’s comments. We will have to wait and see if the bill becomes law.