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'T.I., sir. You need to stop obsessing over your daughter's vagina.'

Sometimes you wake up on a Thursday and learn that rapper T.I. is strangely obsessed with his teenage daughter’s vagina.

More specifically, her hymen.

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It's a weird time.

T.I., for the record, is not interested in his daughter's sexual health. As far as we know, her vagina is perfectly fine in that respect.

No, when it comes to his eldest - 18-year-old Deyjah Imani Harris - he is concerned purely with the status of her virginity.

This is a man, by the way, who has six children to three different women.

Speaking to the Ladies Like Us podcast, the 39-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, admitted he takes his daughter for a yearly appointment to a gynaecologist to check she's still a virgin.

Because they're presumably sane human beings, podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham initially seemed to think T.I. was joking.

But then he kept... going.

"So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do. Right after the birthday we celebrate," he explained.

"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 the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism.

"He’s like, ‘Well, you know sir, I have to, in order 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? No problem.’"

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No.

Problem...?

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"So then they 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'," T.I. continued.

"So I say, ‘Look doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.'"

EXPEDITIOUSLY.

A man checking the state of a thin piece of his daughter's vaginal mucosal tissue would like the results EXPEDITIOUSLY, please.

He confirmed, for all those wondering, "I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact."

When the hosts made jokes about how this information might make men particularly interested in his daughter (????), he responded: "(Virgins) no fun. Who wants a virgin? Like really? All that work."

Sir. 

Aren't you... busy? Don't you have things to do that don't include taking your daughter to a medical professional to check her hymen?

My initial problems with this particular task on T.I.'s to-do list include:

a) Why is your daughter's sexual behaviour and/or genitalia any of your business

b) Checking their hymen isn't even a reliable way to know whether someone is a virgin

c) Virginity is a social construct

d) WHAT THE F*CK DUDE.

T.I., you need to spend less time thinking about your daughter’s vagina and more time doing literally anything else.

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Unsurprisingly, the reaction to this story was the same across the board:

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Even T.I.'s daughter - the young woman whose vagina is currently making world news - has started to 'like' tweets calling her father out.

 

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In my opinion, what we've really learnt today is that a certain grown man who goes by two initials (neither of which correspond to his birth name) needs a hobby. One that doesn't include doctors, sex, or medical procedures involving other people's genitals.

Someone also needs to tell him that if he's looking for something to worry about, there are plenty of things to choose from.

Climate change.

What Trump's presidency means for the future of mankind.

How misogynistic rap lyrics play into the objectification of women.

The current state of his daughter's hymen, however, is not one of them.

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