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Michelle Duggar Waxes Poetic About Teaching Her Daughters To Feel Ashamed Of Their Bodies As Soon As Possible

The Duggar Family trip to DC

While we’ve known for a long time that the Duggar Family likes to knee-shame their children, we didn’t know how much until Michelle Duggar published her most recent blog. Even though she never uses the word knee in a derogatory fashion in her post, it’s all too clear from what she wrote that she’s scared of that joint. Seriously gang, show me a Duggar knee and I’ll show you a TLC show that features a normal family that’s free of quirks and extra wives.

Michelle begins her entry by talking about how she’s raised her daughters to dress modestly. Why? Because God called Michelle when she started having kids and told her that long skirts were in that season…and for every season every that.

My daughters are the second generation of modest dressing in this family. They’ve grown up being dressed modestly, and in clothes that are definitely more feminine apparel. I’ve told my daughters this has been a joyful journey for me to learn what my Lord has called me to.

After (not) clearing up her motivations for dictating their clothing choices, she goes on to talk about the fact that dressing modestly and acting ladylike is often a challenge for her younger children. Mostly because they don’t hate their knees yet.

As a parent I would have to remind them, let’s not stand upside down on your head in that chair because you want to practice being ladylike. And they look at me with this puzzled looked like, what does that mean? I’ll explain, well, it means that you sit up, put your knees together and pull your skirt down over your knees.

Yes, you read that right! One of the first lessons you learn as a girl in the Duggar household is to sit up, put your knees together and then hide them under your skirt. Heaven forbid anyone see that you have a body. Why, they might think that you’re as able as a man! Then where would this fine country be? Probably letting women vote for president and wear pants and plan their families using birth control. Just thinking about that gives me the chills. Which makes me think of chili. Which reminds me that I need to get away from this computer and back to the kitchen.

In the meantime, remember to admonish any and all little girls you see having fun. Just because they’re not aware of their bodies yet doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be. Call me out if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure the bible says that no child is ever too young to be made to feel ashamed of her body.

(Photo: DLC, TLC)

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  • Gagahh

    That was THE most ridiculous thing I’ve read. Lay off of them… Jesus. So they want to dress modest. At least someone believes in raising children with morals and self respect.

  • Irysh

    I love watching the Duggar’s but I am sad for the girls in that family. I don’t understand how people pick and choose certain parts of the Bible in their defense of how they treat others. It’s great to be a christian but don’t use it as your reason to demean others. Because technically the Bible also says not to eat shellfish (Leviticus 11:10), linen and wool can not be worn together (Leviticus 19:19), a garden can not have more than one type of vegetable (Leviticus 19:19), don’t drink wine in church (Leviticus 10:9) – but don’t they drink wine in church, women are not allowed to talk in church and if they have questions about the sermon then they have to ask their husbands when they get home (1 Corinthians 14:34-35), if man has an accident or injury to his groin than he is not allowed in Heaven (Deuteronomy 23:1), do not eat cheeseburgers, they have fat in them (Leviticus 3:17….that’s just some of them, there are more like no round ends of your haircut (the how the dad wears his hair. It’s great that the women are ladies and the Bible is great for learning lessons and finding answers and strength…but don’t use it as a reason to be able to hurt or demean others.

  • Diana

    Maier, judgmental much? I don’t want my girls running around in mini-skirts or their boobs jumping out of their shirts. I want them to respect their body and respect the people around them.