I was going to save this topic for a Sunday shortie, but I’ve decided unilaterally that it merits a bit more attention.

What sort of man would announce on the Ladies Like Us podcast, ‘I will say that as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact?’ I can help you out here. Until this week I was blissfully unaware of the existence of the rapper TI, and my world didn’t feel unfulfilled. He is such a dinosaur that he takes his daughter for an annual virginity check, hence his crowing pride that her hymen is still intact at the age of eighteen.

Let’s ignore the fact that some girls are born with no hymen, and an awful lot of them rupture theirs playing sports (parallel bars can be a problem here) or being a bit cack-handed jumping on a bicycle. Let’s think about the mentality of a man who has his daughter digitally examined to determine she’s still a virgin. It’s apparently legal to do this in the US, though you’d get short shrift in the UK.

The mentality here is that a man places more value on his child remaining ‘intact’ until the time he decides it’s an appropriate time for another man (and it will have to be a man, not a woman with a dildo) to deflower her than on her experiencing things in her own way and own time. This is all about male privilege, male power, male suppression of women.

It’s as if the 60s never happened. TI is a rapper, so we can assume he’s had his fair share of bootie, but his daughter isn’t allowed that privilege. She’ll get shagged when he decides she should, and the bloke she shags will rate her more highly if he’s the first. Sometimes I’m deeply ashamed to have a y chromosome

Something else occurs to me. If his daughter is 18, she’s no longer officially a child. What happens with a doctor no longer has to be shared with TI. She’s an adult. He has no call on her medical status. The doctor, and I bet it’s a man, is breaking all sorts of rules about patient confidentiality. If you think that’s acceptable, I’ll tell you now that I don’t.

On the subject of confidentiality, what sort of tosser announces on a podcast that his daughter is virgo intacta? Exactly what is it to do with anybody else? She’s not a possession to be paraded in front of others as a status symbol.

Did TI’s parents ban him from having sex till they approved? Of course they didn’t. Boys will be boys, right?