• Tue, Aug 28 2012

Hallelujah And Praise The Lord: Jinger Duggar Wants To Escape The Duggars

In news so glorious that I’m tempted to spell glorious with a J, word comes from the heavens above that Jinger Duggar doesn’t want to live the Duggar lifestlye anymore. But before you send her shorts, a tank top and a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, bear in mind that I may be getting ahead of myself here.

I’m just so excited that she’s even planting the seeds for escape from the Duggars in this latest interview that I had to write about it as soon as I saw this the video. In a teaser for tonight’s season premiere of 19 Kids and Counting, the older Duggar girls discuss what kind of man everyone should marry. Because in the Duggar family, that’s completely normal conversation for teenage girls. Right in between ironing techniques and womb-enlargening exercises.

When they get to the 18-year-old Jinger, her sister Jessa Duggar says, “She might do good with a visionary spunky person, somebody that gives her coffee” and then adds, “She doesn’t want to live three hours out from civilization.”

As soon as her name’s mentioned, Jinger lights up,  turns to the camera and pleads for a life in a city via smoke signals in her eyes. When her sister reminds her that she’ll be happy no matter where she lives, the lights shut off in Jinger’s eyes and she’s all like, “oh, yeah, of course, definitely, I can be happy wherever I go” and retreats back into her future-Duggar-housewife mode.

But for a second we saw her breaking out of that mode and expressing her desire to be a free individual. It was like watching the classic “give us free” scene from Amistad. But with a girl in an oppressive jean skirt, rather than shackles.

Either way, the message’s the same. Jinger Duggar got enslaved by a family that tore every letter out of the baby naming book besides J. While the other Duggars seem perfectly content with their life, Jinger’s always been targeted by viewers as the girl who could escape from her fundamentalist upbringing.

And now, after so many good-hearted people commented in so many forums, she may be breaking free. She may be headed to the big city to learn all about life of a scrappy twenty-something woman trying to make her way in the world.

I just hope she doesn’t want to bea writer. Because we already have too many Hannah Horvaths taking up space in our coffee shops.

(Photo: WTF Fundie Families)

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  • http://thekimberlydiaries.com/ the kimberly diaries

    At least they haven’t brainwashed ALL the children into thinking playing the violin and making laundry soap is fun..

    • Jenni

      You haven’t lived until you’ve made laundry soap on a sunny afternoon with your 16 daughters.

    • http://thekimberlydiaries.com/ the kimberly diaries

      I’m gonna stick with Tide pods. :)

    • Jenni

      Have fun in hell. Heard they make you wear pants there.

    • Jen90

      LMAO

    • thaylah

      I make my own soap and I am no where close to being like them. I’m just allergic to most things and like saving money.

  • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

    We all knew it would be Jinger.

  • koolchicken

    This article reads like you think she’ll never “escape” and that’s really sad. If anything the Jim Bob and Michelle are pretty honest. They’ve always said they hope their children will follow them in the life they chose to lead, but wouldn’t stop them if they chose a different path. So if Jinger chose to leave for life in the big city I doubt they’d be trying to lock her in a closet. I think the biggest challenge would instead be leaving behind her siblings who don’t want that life.

    • Jen90

      They are liars they don’t even let them wear pants or be their “own” person. They would probably diss own them.

    • littleone

      It’s not a matter of “allowing” It’s a matter of choice. Technically most fundamental religions discourage women wearing pants as it is not modest. Most religions view seeing the separation of the legs and the junction of the legs on a woman, even with pants on as a lustful thing. That’s their belief and their choice. Not ours to force a change on. If she wants to keep skirts on for the rest of her life, leave her be to make that choice. It’s no different then a woman converting to Islam and choosing to wear the Hijab. It is her choice and one no one else can change.

  • me

    Wow. Something about the Duggars really strike a chord of shame with you Ms. Meier. Otherwise you’d be sharing the mantra of live and let live, to each his own or reasonable people may differ…a.k.a. the tolerance espoused by nearly all.
    I’m forced to wonder why the thought of a young womans life you do not know offends you so. Why do you care if they wear long skirts and bathing suits?
    That’s the really interesting story in my opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.romanoff.7 Jessica Romanoff

      Why should we all be tolerant of them when they preach to their children about how evil I am because I have sex out of wedlock, I have drunk alcohol, and I don’t follow god. Why can’t they preach about my daily work with the elderly, and how happy my children and I are, and that isn’t that just wonderful that I am happy in my life being a good person. Where is my ‘Live and let live’ preaching about my life. I am not an evil person, I keep good thoughts in my heart and mind all day. I just don’t follow the same belief as them

  • Reese

    i cracked up at the Amistad reference. Hilarious!

  • http://twitter.com/Fiirvoen Jason Clark

    The only thing interesting about this article is how visceral your hatred of the Duggar’s lifestyle is. The lack of tolerance here is astounding.

    • Jen90

      I wonder how wide her vagina is now. It must be as wide as the grand canyon and smell like a fish market. I bet the babies are just flying out by now. lol She probably can’t hold her pee. She has one of the most used up loose nasty vaginas. Her and her husband are crazy.

    • TeamEdwardJace

      really, no need to vile about michelle duggar. it’s her choice i don’t agree with wouldn’t choose to have 19 kids, especially when you’re older, theres all these possible consequences. i also am fine with birth control

  • CW

    I hope she gets away from the whole patriarchal “quiverfull” lifestyle (assuming that’s what she wants) but doesn’t reject Christianity entirely. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many ex-fundamentalists throw the baby out with the bathwater and become very bitter about Christianity. That makes me very sad :-(

    • TeamEdwardJace

      yeahm its sad when people entirely reject their relegion

  • Duggarwatcher

    Verily, verily, I say unto thee, What is pleasing to daddy is pleasing unto Me, yea, even pleasing to the LORD–Jesus as quoted in the Gospel of Duggar

    • Jen90

      Eww, that sounds nasty.

    • Duggarwatcher

      haha i know, sick, right
      actually it was “skirts are pleasing to the lord”
      or “long skirts are pleasing unto the lord” or some crap like that
      they actually said that in one episode, cant remember which one.
      and my mother thought they said “long skirts are pleasing to daddy”
      ie whatever Jim Bob says is Word of God remember, JB is only one letter from JC :-P

  • Susie

    I feel so sorry for these children…brainwashed since birth to accept that lifestyle…I hope they wake up and walk away from those crazy parents… Hitchens was right; religions poisons everything!

    • g

      people complaint about this family when they should be complaining about the westboro baptist church crazies. now those ppl ARE crazy. leave the duggars alone.

    • TeamEdwardJace

      the duggars seem like really nice people though i don’t agree with all ther vieiws. eg one of the duggars kid joining an antigay group

  • Will

    I’de just like to say how utterly wrong this author is in her portrayal of the Duggar family. I am a young man who was raised in a family similar to the Duggars in values and it is not slavery to live in a way that is pleasing to God and what His word says ( ie. ladies dressing modestly through skirts and staying at home to raise as many children as God chooses to bless them with, and letting our homes be a safe haven from the evil in all the media). It is slavery to live a life given over to evil and the things of this world. True freedom is found only through God’s Son and his payment for our sins.

    • http://twitter.com/Bardlicious Ashley Jeanette

      I hate skirts and I will never wear skirts, pants do fine for me. I’m living a pretty decent life, and I kinda don’t do religion. People do what they think is best for them, and if Jinger or whatever wants to leave those values behind-then she should go for it. Do what makes HER happy. She shouldn’t have to raise kids if she don’t want to, women aren’t just baby making machines.

      Mind you the woman’s body goes through a lot giving childbirth, which is why I told my mom I won’t have kids at all. Even if I got married and my husband was like ‘Let’s have a baby’ I’d be like ‘Nope.’ Adoption though, I would consider option because there’s already a lot of kids WITHOUT parents who need someone to take them in,

    • TeamEdwardJace

      yes its good to be a christan but so jinger can’t be christian and want to live in city?

    • Will

      No there is nothing about being a Christian that keeps us from living in the city. It’s more just a personal preference thing. I was raised in the city, I live in the country now and I’ll probably never go back, but there is nothing wrong with Jinger wanting to live in the city.

    • TeamEdwardJace

      lol saw your comment. i was being sarcastic. yes you gotta do what makes god what happy but everyone has different inrpreations. i’m not baptist. and we have different views of whats “immodest or inappopruate” . i beleive in morals but in certian cases moral can be relative. e.g the debate over rock music and christian rock/metal

  • elb

    Jinger is an adult and it is normal for people of her age to want to experience things different than what they know. At her age I think it would do her good. My husband was raised in a very religious Catholic family and went through a period of time in his early 20′s where he questioned his faith. I was not raised in a religious household so I did not know until I discussed this with my religious friends that this is a very normal thing. The shocking thing is that many return to their religion after spending some time away and realizing something was missing from their lives. I think it would be a positive thing for Jinger as long as she found a city that wasn’t too far from home and got to meet people who are different from her. At her age hearing opposing beliefs can actually strengthen their own.

  • Jen90

    I don’t like that they try to control EVERYTHING with their kids and don’t let them have their own minds and be their own unique individual self’s.

  • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

    With lack of education there is not really much Jinger can do except wait for prince charming to show up.

  • Charlotte Groth

    >>I just hope she doesn’t want to bea writer. Because we already have too many Hannah Horvaths taking up space in our coffee shop<<

    Why do I get the feeling you fall in that category.

    You know? I don't agree with all of the Duggar family's ideas but..unless you're pretty much a teenager yourself, I fail to understand why you can't see that Jinger isn't any more into "escaping" than any other teenager would be. There comes a time when you want to decide for yourself. The others talk about marriage..just like any other teenager would–BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET MARRIED. Jinger wants an adventure. So what? Its normal for ANY child EITHER WAY. Not just the Duggars.

    By the way–you're obnoxious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.romanoff.7 Jessica Romanoff

    What do you expect when you misspell your kids’ name and she knows it. ‘Jinger’ does not appear in any baby name books spelled with a J

  • http://www.facebook.com/lunaloughney Luna Arnedo

    i don’t know who’s writing so much crap!!!!!!!! I’m not agree with everything about the duggar, but i admit that there’re logic!!!!! from europe there’s so many other things that seem creazy, and the duggar is not part of them!!! So I thing the american should critizise more the “church” of tom cruise instead of writing craps about Duggar!