Rapper and actor T.I. said in an interview that aired Tuesday that he goes with his 18-year-old daughter to the gynecologist each year to "check her hymen" and make sure it's "still intact."
When the hosts asked the rapper if he has had the "sex talks" with his daughters, T.I. responded: "Yes. Not only have we had the conversation. We have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen."
The hosts laugh and one says that his oldest daughter, Deyjah, is a "prisoner."
"Yes, I go with her," T.I. also said, referring to Deyjah. After her 16th birthday party, he said he "put a sticky note" on her door that read, "Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30." He then recounts a gynecologist visit.
"So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk, and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism," T.I. said. "He’s like, ‘Well, 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? Oh OK. See, doc? Ain't no problem.'"
He also said that the doctor informed him that the hymen can be broken by means other than sexual intercourse, such as "bike riding, athletics, horseback riding and just other forms of athletic physical activity."
T.I. said he told the doctor: “‘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 then added: "I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact."
The hymen is a small lining of tissue partially covering the vaginal opening that is traditionally thought to break during the first act of vaginal intercourse, but that perception is increasingly challenged by modern medicine.
Jennifer Gunter, a gynecologist and New York Times contributor, disputed T.I.'s remarks in a series of tweets Wednesday.
"The hymen is no virginity indicator, 50% of sexually active teens do not have a disrupted hymen," she wrote. "The hymen means nothing physically and hymen exams are medically not a thing and are unnecessary. And support a disgusting patriarchal trope."
The World Health Organization has called for the elimination of "virginity testing," which is also referred to as “two-finger” or per vaginal examination, is an inspection of female genitalia designed to determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse.
"Virginity testing is a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and can be detrimental to women’s and girls’ physical, psychological and social well-being," W.H.O. said. “Virginity testing reinforces stereotyped notions of female sexuality and gender inequality."
Neither T.I. nor Deyjah Harris immediately responded to requests for an interview Wednesday.