T.I.'s "Hymen Check" Backlash Prompts New York Legislation

December 3, 2019
25 June 2018 - Hollywood, California - Tip "T.I." Harris. "Ant-Man and The Wasp' Los Angeles Premiere held at theEl Capitan Theatre.

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The repercussions continue following rapper T.I.'s recent comments about policing his daughter's virginity. The Los Angeles Times reports 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 daughter in every year for a "hymen check" to ensure her virginity. One of the lawmakers, Assemblywoman Michaëlle Solages, tweeted on 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 Red Table Talk last week, clarifying that his daughter was 15 and 16 at the time and he was not in the exam room.