T.I.’s Remarks on Daughter Prompt N.Y. Lawmakers to Propose Ban on ‘Virginity Testing’

Rapper T.I.’s recent disclosure that he takes his daughter to the gynecologist to ensure that her hymen is still intact has prompted some New York lawmakers to introduce legislation to ban so-called “virginity testing.”

T.I.’s remarks on a podcast that aired last month sparked widespread backlash, including from medical experts who noted that the hymen is not a virginity indicator. The World Health Organization has called for the elimination of “virginity testing” — also referred to as a hymen or two-finger examination — that can supposedly show whether a female has had vaginal intercourse.

“T.I. used his platform, whether he was serious or sarcastic, to state all in all that women are property and you have to maintain your property is in good standing,” said New York Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, a Democrat from Long Island, who introduced a bill last week to prohibit medical practitioners from conducting or supervising virginity tests.

Solages, a member of the Assembly Health Committee, said that while no procedure exists that can actually prove virginity, such unscientific tests still occur.

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