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Planned Parenthood Not So Subtly Blasts T.I. With Tweet Thread On Virginity

運営事務局 JIMOPLE 19 November 7, 2019

Rapper T.I. has been hit with thinly veiled condemnation from Planned Parenthood in the wake of his proud declaration that his daughter is still a virgin ― information that he knows because he’s had a doctor “check her hymen.”

When asked if he’d had the “sex talk” with his daughter, the father of six announced to “Ladies Like Us” podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham on Tuesday that not only has he had the talk, he takes his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, to the gynecologist after each birthday to check that her hymen remains intact. He said he does this for her own good.

The rapper described his annual appointment with his daughter, which, now that she’s an adult, requires her to sign a consent form in order to disclose her private medical information to her father:

“This is what we do. Right after the birthday we celebrate. Usually like the day after the party she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: “Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.” So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk and, you know, the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism. He’s like, “You know, sir, I have to, in order for me 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.” And so then [the doctor] 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.” So I say, “Look, doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Man, just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.”

“I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact,” he concluded.

The comments were met with outrage and disgust online, prompting both the rapper’s name and “She’s 18” to trend on Twitter. Planned Parenthood fired off a string of tweets, not addressing T.I. directly (“Idk who needs to hear this,” they began the thread), but making some very relevant points about, firstly, virginity being a social construct irrelevant to a hymen, and secondly, the science behind the hymen and the many other ways in which it can be stretched or broken.

Idk who needs to hear this but virginity is a made-up social construct, and it has absolutely nothing to do with your hymen.

— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

A virgin is someone who’s never had sex. But “sex” means different things to different people, so “virginity” does too. Many don't care what it means or think it matters. Whatever you believe, the fact is you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by checking their hymen.

— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

The hymen is a thin, fleshy tissue that’s located at the opening of your vagina. Like other parts of our bodies, hymens are a little different for everyone.

— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

Many people think the hymen totally covers the opening of your vagina until it’s stretched open, but that’s not usually the case. Most hymens naturally have a hole big enough for period blood to come out and for you to use tampons comfortably.

— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

Some people just naturally have hymens that are more open. And many other activities besides sex can stretch your hymen — like riding a bike, doing sports, or putting something in your vagina (like a tampon or finger). Once your hymen is stretched open, it can’t grow back.

— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

Some people think you can tell if someone’s had sex before if their hymen is stretched open. But that’s not the case. Say it with us:


— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019

Other social media users also provided some basic sex education in response to T.I.’s revelation, particularly acknowledging that, hymen or not, T.I. has no right to police his adult daughter’s body.

1. Virginity is a social construct. It doesn't exist.2. The hymen can break without sex. Your hymen can also still be intact after sex.3. Men do not have ownership over female bodies, even if the man is the female's dad.

4. She's 18 and can do what she wants with her body.

— Maria Del Russo (@maria_delrusso) November 6, 2019

I’m grossed out that “she’s 18” is trending because A) TI is abusing his grown daughter and telling the whole world

B) 0-14, 15, 16, and 17 year old girls shouldn’t have their dads checking their vaginas? How about that?

— Chanea Bond (@heymrsbond) November 6, 2019

What the fuck kind of weirdo shit is this and why is he sharing it publicly? She’s 18 years old.

— Gennette Cordova (@GNCordova) November 6, 2019

def did not think we would be talking about hymens today. or TI

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 6, 2019

This story makes me terribly sad.

I wish that instead of "she's 18" trending it would be "uhm she's a human and not your property"

— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) November 6, 2019

Hi. It's extremely abusive to police your daughter's hymen and any doctor who would participate in such an act needs to lose their license.

Thanks for coming to my "shit we shouldn't have to say in 2019" Ted Talk

— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) November 6, 2019

T.I, a man who publicly & infamously cheated on his wife on a regular basis with no respect for his family while being accessible community dick, made himself the protector of his daughter’s hymen?! Wont let her fuckin ride a bike to keep it intact? This man is a sick psychopath.

— farxiyo (@hausofriya) November 6, 2019

The hymen means nothing physically and hymen exams are medically not a thing and are unnecessary. And support a disgusting patriarchal trope. 11/12

— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) November 6, 2019

Talking about your daughter's hymen in public is really fucking disturbing. That's all I have to say about that.

— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) November 6, 2019