Does a woman need education, financial stability, or personal freedom? Isn’t the joy of bearing children and tending to her husband’s needs enough? Well, according to the Duggars, women are made to serve men and have as many children as God will give them. After all, God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man.
While a huge majority of teens around the US are crazy about pop music, dating, and social media, the Duggar kids leave in a bubble made of baby diapers, strict rules, and holy carols. The Duggar daughters, in particular, are forced to follow in their parents’ footsteps, which strips them of their reproductive rights and personal freedom.
So, here are 15 disgusting rules only the Duggar sisters must obey.
15 "You Always Need To Be Available When He Calls"
Do you believe in the orgasm gap? Do think that intimacy can exist only between equals? Well, then you are definitely not "suitable" for the Duggar clan. According to the Duggars, a good "wife’s duty" is to attend her husband’s needs; as Michelle Duggar teaches her daughters, "You always need to be available when he calls." No periods, no headaches - no excuses.
14 Only Godly Side Hugs Are Allowed
While marital sexual exploitation seems acceptable for the Duggar family, affection is a big no-no. According to screenrant.com, unwed couples can’t hug from the front or kiss. To avoid temptation, the Duggar daughters are permitted only godly side hugs. They can still hold hands… but only after they get engaged.
13 The Duggar Family Follows A Strict Dress Code
The Duggars are extremely religious. Due to their conservative Baptist beliefs, the Duggars believe that women are a source of temptation and should cover themselves. Michelle Duggar told ranker.com that "from the neck down to the knee should be covered." No surprise the Duggar daughters are forced to wear long skirts and it’s their husbands who wear the pants.
12 Blocked From "Worldly Influences"
Social media is another source of temptation for the Duggars. Thus, the Duggar kids are not allowed to have any social media accounts until they get engaged. And if you are concerned about privacy, don’t worry. According to ranker.com, Pa Duggar is there to monitor all his children’s messages and calls.
11 Wives Must Obey Their Husbands
No bank account? No financial stability? No education? No, we are not talking about the third season of the Handmaid’s Tale but the Duggars. According to babygaga.com, the Duggar daughters are confined to the home until Pa Duggar allows them to get married. Of course, their husbands become the new rule makers.
10 Girls Should Be Good Sisters
The Duggar sisters must obey not only their father but their male siblings. Although Josh Duggar ruined the reputation of his family, Jim Bob defended his soon. According to theclever.com, Jim Bob said, "[Josh] had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping… We talked to other parents and different ones since then, a lot of families have said that they’ve had similar things happen in their families."
9 The Duggar Daughters Have No Control Over Their Own Bodies
Although birth control is vital in reproductive health care, the Duggar daughters have no control over their own bodies. As Ma Duggar said in an interview, "It's not about parents planning the future for their family, it's more about allowing God to plan their family while parents stay out of the way."
8 Education Isn't A Priority
Trapped at home, the Duggar sisters are forced to cook, clean, and make babies. They are not allowed to go to college and even Kendra Duggar, Joseph’s wife, didn’t have the chance to pursue her dreams. The Duggars prefer to home-school their children. According to thehollywoodgossip.com, many conservative parents keep their kids away from education, claiming that universities are places where professors brainwash children with ideas about equality.
7 The Duggars Forbid Their Children From Making Contact With Unmarried Mothers
For the Duggars, premarital sex is a sin. Believe it or not, the Duggar daughters are not allowed to make contact with unmarried women with children. Even Jill wasn’t allowed to help Susanna Keller, Anna’s sister when she got pregnant in 2012. An insider told ranker.com, "Michelle and Jim Bob felt Jill shouldn't be exposed to an unmarried mother in that condition."
6 "Don't Ever Put Your Husband Down"
Even though the Duggars are surrounded by babies 24/7, the Duggar daughters must be pretty and joyful at all cost. According to duggarfamily.com, a woman should always say "'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant." And, of course, a good (submissive) wife should never put her husband down.
5 The Duggar Daughters Should Start Early
The man is the head of the house! Period. So, what can a woman do?! Just steal a man’s last name, have his children, and attend his needs. The Duggar girls should start early. According to glamourfame.com, Michelle was only 17 when she married Jim. We should mention that prior to marriage, dates are chaperoned and phone calls are monitored.
4 Home Births Are Better
The Duggar women believe in the benefits of giving birth at home. However, according to thecheatsheet.com, the Duggar daughters have managed to have only one successful home birth. Sadly, the US has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. So, let's not forget that medical interventions can save lives and pain relief options can improve women’s experiences.
3 Sisters Must Raise Their Younger Siblings
While many people struggle with only one child, Michelle and Jim are happily married with 19 kids (and counting). How do you stay sane with so many children? The Duggars simply force their daughters to look after their younger siblings. For example, according to tvshowsace.com, Jana took mommy-buddy duties way too early in life.
2 Women Were Created To Serve Men
The Duggars are extremely religious and have been linked to some controversial people, such as Bill Gothard, the founder of the Institute of Basic Life Principles. As we know, Gothard was accused of molesting more than 30 women. Although the Duggars deny being part of the Quiverfull movement, they follow the same disgusting rules, which force women to submit to their abusive partners.
1 Have As Many Kids As God Will Give You
Although children are a blessing, pregnancy and birth take a lasting toll on a woman’s body. But who cares? (Definitely not the Duggar men!) As long as a man is pleased, a woman should have as many children as God will give her in order to spread Christian values around the globe.
Sources: Baby Gaga, Cheat Sheet, Duggar Family, Glamour Fame, Ranker, Screen Rant, The Clever, The Hollywood Gossip, TV Shows Ace