On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

I’ve never seen this show and nor do I ever want to see it. Fortunately, we don’t subscribe to cable TV so no risk there in that regard. However, this show seems utterly absurd in that it depicts a family living in a bubble of lies, manipulations, abuse, sexism, bigotry, and quite dangerous fundamentalist ideals and beliefs – all taught by a subservient mother and a demeaning, creepy little man is the father of nineteen (!?!) children and adult children.
This relatively brief op-ed blog piece I’ve re-posted, makes some very, very good points throughout. It’s sad that society will act so PC about one thing, especially when something more “niche” is trendy and in vogue at that particular minute, yet will casually look the other way in regards to this family’s fundamentalist lifestyle that rejects such basic human mores and awful gender-biased-roles that are blatantly frowned upon by most in our current, modern society. This blog post I’ve linked points out all of this really well.

And there’s no financial accounts set up for each child individually by TLC? Isn’t that going against child labor laws (or something)?! What a perverse network TLC has become over the last 2 decades! Yuck.

Homeschoolers Anonymous

HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy Feminism. It was originally published on Patheos on November 21, 2014.

I recently received the following email:

Hi Libby Anne,

I’m a long-time reader of your blog, so I know you occasionally write about the Duggar family. Well, recently I heard about a fairly popular petition to get the show “19 Kids and Counting” cancelled. Maybe you have also heard this, but if not, here is one news story about it:


Supposedly, this was due to comments they made against gay marriage. Perhaps you were already planning on doing a post about it. Either way, I (and probably others) would be curious to know: what do you think about this? Should TLC cancel the show? Are people calling for its cancelation for the right reasons? Is this a good opportunity to bring other harmful ideas promoted…

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