Following the huge controversy that broke regarding rapper T.I. admitting that he takes his 18-year old daughter for virginity check-ups, lawmakers are setting some things in motion.
A new bill has been proposed intended to prevent healthcare providers from performing “virginity examinations," reports the Source. New York state senator Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Nassau) have spearheaded the legislation arguing that these examinations are a violation of women’s rights.
“These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape, can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization.”
During an interview with the New York Post, Assemblywoman Solages commented on the level of power being forced in households across the nation. “It’s misogynistic, it’s appalling… I was horrified to see this was happening. If a celebrity can impose his power to ensure his 18-year-old daughter gets checked, imagine what can be done in households across New York state?”
T.I. sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk to open up about his controversial comments.
“I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate,” he began. "I think this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner. I just began to—from a place of truth—I began to embellish and exaggerate. I think people kinda took it extremely literal, because if you put any of my reputation... Who I am as a father, who I been...I honestly thought people knew me better than that."
The rapper stated that his intentions are to only protect his daughters.
"I think that in the age or time where our women—black women—are the most unprotected, unattended, disregarded women on the planet... I'm being criticized because I'm willing to go above and beyond to protect mine," he said. "I'm talking about all of the little slimy grimy chubby-fingered little boys who want to just come and defile and destroy the sanctity."
He added, “I am here to protect all of the children from themselves until they make it to a point where they have awareness, a sense of self and discernment to be able to make certain decisions on their own that will impact their lives indefinitely... I’m not there to protect necessarily virginity, I just know that is a big move.”