Yesterday, the entire internet collectively rolled its eyes as Clifford “T.I.” Harris attempted to use yet another word he clearly doesn’t understand when he bragged about his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah Harris’ hymen on Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham’s podcast, Ladies Like Us. The three found humor in the moment T.I. explained that he takes Deyjah to the gynecologist to ensure that her hymen is intact, a cringe-worthy reminder that society’s overall approach of centering reproductive health around virginity is where so many parents have failed their children. However, I see this ignorance often.
For T.I. to use his platform to be so loud and so wrong is not shocking, especially when moments like his past rant referring to his wife’s vulva as the “uvula” are more than enough proof that he should have no dealings in any woman’s sexual health (let alone pleasure, poor Tiny). Yet terminology isn’t the only thing Tip got wrong here; he also managed to prioritize virginity over adequate healthcare and gave a sorry ass example of consent by essentially coercing Deyjah to permit both his presence and his access during her appointment.