Following the statements of T.I. about checking on his daughter’s virginity, two New York lawmakers are looking to end virginity check-ups in the state.
State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Nassau) are the two lawmakers looking to make a change.
Their bill seeks to outlaw virginity check-up which they feel is abusive.
“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,” the bill reads.
“It’s misogynistic, it’s appalling,” Solages recently told the New York Post. “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?”
When T.I. made the statement, it caused an uproar on social media with many hitting out at the rapper.
He tried to clear things up on Jada Pinkett’s ‘Red Table Talk’ where he said: “Firstly, I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate,” T.I. began. “I think all of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner when asked how do I deal with parenting in this day and age. And so I just began to—you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate. And I think that a lot of people kind of like, took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputations by like who I am as a father and who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that.”
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