T.I.’s “Hymen Check” Backlash Prompts New York Legislation to Ban “Virginity Exams”
The repercussions continue following rapper T.I.’s recent comments about policing his daughter’s virginity. The <i>Los Angeles Times </i>reports that two New York lawmakers have filed bills to make it illegal for medical professionals to perform “virginity exams.” T.I. caused a stir in November after saying on a podcast that he takes his now-18-year-old daughter to her gynecologist every year for a “hymen check” to ensure her virginity. One of the lawmakers, Assemblywoman Michaëlle Solages, tweeted Monday, “Hymen examinations are completely unscientific and unethical. That’s why @SenatorPersaud and I submitted legislation to ban hymen exams to determine whether a female has previously had sexual intercourse.” T.I. addressed the issue again on Jada Pinkett Smith’s <i>Red Table Talk</i> last week, clarifying that his daughter was 15 and 16 at the time and he was not in the exam room.