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)