An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders

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More than two years ago I wrote a blog post titled My Concerns about the Duggars. To this day it continues getting hundreds of hits daily, along with the random comment. Probably half of the comments left on it defend the Duggars as upright, responsible people raising healthy, well-adjusted young people. These comments often lash out against me, calling me bitter and so forth. I've often thought of responding to these comments with further blog posts, but so far I haven't.Today that changes. … [Read more...]

You Don’t Write Your Kids’ Lives (They Do)

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Good gracious, I just came upon a Babble article titled Jessa Duggar Will Have a Chaste Courtship---And My Kids Will, Too. With all due respect, author Kacy Faulconer has no idea whether or not her children will have "chaste courtships." My parents said their children would have chaste courtships too, and guess what? I didn't! Kacy can give her children whatever advice she chooses, but ultimately, once they're adults, she cannot control their choices.I talk a lot here on the blog about the … [Read more...]

The Duggars and Bill Gothard’s Sex Regulations

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It's Valentine's Day, the Duggars have offered some tips for keeping the sexy going. Most of the tips are fairly conventional---things like date night and keeping romance alive---but the first two tips are different. What struck me about them is that they cannot be understood outside of the cultural context I write about here so often.Here's the first one tip: 1. Say yes to sex, even when you're tired. Michelle says a friend gave her advice to live by before she and Jim Bob married in 1984: … [Read more...]


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