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The Duggars Don’t Want You To Get Plastic Surgery, Because God Might Have Meant For You To Feel Insecure

Growing up Duggar Book Cover DaughterJust when you think you’ve discovered a subject that the Duggar family doesn’t have an opinion about, they go ahead and give you one. Thankfully eldest daughters Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger have a new book in which they dole out advice about everything from touch-free dating to wearing long skirts so boys don’t get boners.

E! Online rounded up five of the “most surprising” tidbits from the Duggars’ new book, and by “surprising” I’m pretty sure they mean “offensive and ridiculous.” One quote is all about why you should schedule a check-up with the Lord before going to that evil plastic surgeon’s office:

“You can have surgery to change some of your physical features, but before you do, we hope you’ll carefully and prayerfully consider what God originally gave you when He created you.”

You’ll notice that they start out giving you permission to get surgery, but then proceed to remind you that it’s not what God would have wanted. And since these are women who keep their hair long because the Bible told them to, I’d say this is a veiled way of telling us plastic surgery isn’t allowed. Why? Because it messes with God’s “design” for what you should look like. You might not know this, but God is actually a Project Runway reject, and he’s really serious about not wanting his fabulous designs tampered with. No matter how insecure you feel about your appearance, changing it would simply hurt his feelings. How do you know God doesn’t want you to feel bad about yourself?

Look, I’m not the biggest cheerleader for plastic surgery. I think people obviously go overboard with it, and I’m all about empowering people to feel more confident in their appearance instead of changing it according to society’s standards of beauty or on a whim because they noticed a frown line. However, people are free to do whatever they want with their own bodies. And plastic surgery can be a great option for people whose low self-esteem has negatively affected their lives. Not to mention there are reasons to get plastic surgery other than wanting your boobs to be a size bigger, like, for instance, facial deformities, birth defects and injuries. And to suggest that God wants people to look a way that makes them unhappy is rather narrow-minded. But narrow-minded is the Duggars’ favorite mood, so it’s not really surprising.

You can reach this post's author, Jill O’Rourke, on twitter.
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  • Jessieface

    Here’s the thing, Duggars. You have all gotten gradually more coiffed as seasons of your show have gone on. It used to be all bushy eyebrows and crunchy hair, and now you look like the ladies of a Christian Mingle ad. Furthermore, almost half of you had braces……that’s not what God gave you. I am all for people doing what they please with their bodies. But, If your going to preach about it – be about it – No?

    • Jenni

      Thank you for noticing this! They used to be much more pilgrim before they became reality stars. Now theyr’e like pilgrims posing for glamour shots.

    • Valerie

      OMG, Glamour Pilgrims. This would be an amazing reality show.

    • Jenni

      May I suggest you binge watch Breaking Amish?

    • Valerie

      You may. And I will. I had been meaning to check it out anyway. :-)

    • Jenni

      I hate-watched it real hard, so lemme know when you’re ready to discuss.

    • Trappy

      I don’t really see much of a difference. Before, they lived up to ridiculous standards set up by some creepy old man with a thing for ugly jumpers and bad perms. Now they look a little more mainstream.

  • MellyG

    I don’t know, i think this is pretty low on the offensive scale, especially compared to the other crap they spew. If someone wants plastic surgery, that’s up to them, absolutely, but i see nothing wrong with saying “hey before you get elective surgery, maybe think about why you want to and if you really need it”. I think if they took out the “god gave you” part it would ring slightly less offensive. My best friend is a plastic surgeon, she has a talk with her patients about why they want the surgery, what they think it will change about their lives, etc. Not an awful idea!

    • Jill O’Rourke

      I agree, there’s nothing wrong with suggesting people make an informed decision before going into plastic surgery. But unless God is a doctor, that’s not what the Duggars are saying.

    • MellyG

      agreed- but the discussion doesn’t have to be with a doctor. I just think it you substituted God with doctor, parents, friends, psychologist, yourself, people would be praising it. I”m an atheist, so i get what you’re saying, but from their perspective, it makes sense, ya know?

  • elle

    This is pretty low on the offensive list but if whatever god you believe in doesn’t have bigger things then my nose job to worry about then I’m side eying his priorities.

  • Cassandra Hough

    Okay, this is only somewhat related information but too good not to share- JINGER DUGGAR IN ADIDAS TRACK PANTS OMG:
    http://duggarswithoutpity.blogspot.com/2014/03/pants.html?m=1

    Run, Jinger. Runnnnnnn.

    • Jenni

      IS THAT REAL???

    • Cassandra Hough

      It has to be. The good Lawd tells me so.

    • Jessieface

      STAAAAHHHP

    • auntiea

      That picture made me far more excited than it probably should have.

    • Trappy

      And that’s not the first time Jinger’s worn pants in front of a camera! She wore some on a turkey shoot a while back, on the show. Oh, and she actually got to hunt turkeys with the guys.

      I’m surprised the Duggars are loosening their restrictions on pants for the daughters (or maybe only Jinger). But that skirts-only thing never made any damn sense to me anyway.

  • Ptownsteveschick

    Please tell me all the tips rhyme the same way this one does. Then I can imagine all of them chanting in the mornings while they product up their hair.

  • Trappy

    As much as I find the Duggars obnoxious at times, I don’t really have a problem with this opinion. In a weird Jesus’d-up way it’s exactly what’s been said by ardent feminists many times: people (women in particular) should appreciate their own natural beauty rather than risk their health and possibly lives to live up to unrealistic cultural standards of beauty. As for low self-esteem, I think the low self-esteem and body hate should be addressed before surgery is even considered an option. Perhaps religion isn’t the best way to deal with mental health issues, but for once the Duggars have their hearts and brains in the right place. Too bad it’s negated somewhat by the home perms and skirts-only idiocy.

    Though I’m sure that they weren’t thinking of people with deformities or injuries when they stated this opinion. So yeah, they’re still being narrow-minded as usual.

    • MellyG

      I agree

  • dy

    My wedding dress was a halter style and I have the chest of a husky 12 yr old boy. So the day of my wedding, I used an old pageant trick and duct taped them up. As my gays call it: “Tits to Jesus.”
    Your move, Duggars….

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  • Guest

    hmm!! i dont think so !

  • Jeena

    They have a plastic surgeon that they use. When one of the little girls busted her lip on a bike ride. Then I think it was Jason who fell off the stage. Then the one boy who needed to get a cyst removed from his lip. They made a big deal about going to a plastic surgeon because it was the FACE that was injured. Vanity?