Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:01 PM, Dishing With the Duggars

It’s been 10 years since the Duggar family opened up their home to television viewers. In this special, the entire family takes a look back and watch some of the series best moments, sharing their thoughts insights about their favorite moments.
60 minutes

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

Modesty? Well that depends, when the Duggar's opened up their home to television world, they have pretty much shared almost everything that goes on within the family and many of their view points and lifestyle. I suppose if you count their dress / attire being modest yes...but by exposing themselves to television viewers they invited compliments and criticism.

Dar said...

Same old, same old. Michelle will be amazed about how the time has passed. We will see poor Josie back in the NICU. Of course, there will be a repeat of the miscarriage and the funeral of the unfortunate fetus. All of the above will be starring Michelle. There won't be too much about the children, just Michelle's reaction to occurrences, not that she was involved in anything to do with her children once they were weaned. There won't be any questions about Gothard, about why all these adult children are contributing not much to society. Why her grown-up children are not involved in any "higher" learning. There will also not be any questions about the development of her dear little preemie. The "speech" problems with ALL the yoounger children will
not be discussed. Jackson 's attention span and constant seeking for attention will get no time. Of course, there will be lots of film on the big Boob kissing, groping and holding hands with Michelle. After all, they are the stars, The children are just fillers. Of course, the discussion of their children's sex lives and JimBob's role in choosing their mates. A whole season on one wedding. JimBob must be making a fortune. Hopefully, the audience will get tired of this phoney, phoney ministry.

Anonymous said...

Yawn fest.

Katies Mom said...

I totally agree with everything Dar said. She covered all bases with the Duggars. It enough to make you sick to see what Jim Bob is doing to that family. I don't believe there's an ounce of real parent to child love in that house. I didn't say home because there is a big difference between a house & a home.They found themselves stuck with all those kids & all the expenses & along came TLC & their laughing all the way to he bank. I think most of us are happy in our modest homes with children & hubby that we really love. They will never have that.

Canadian Fan Losing Interest said...

Same old, same old yawnfest. I've been out of the country for 2 months so I am having my mom tape the episodes for me. After reading all the comments, I feel like I don't even have to bother watching them. It is awkward how the timeline is so literally out of touch with "reality". They will be showing B&J's engagement episode right AFTER their wedding. The whole thing is like a multi-car accident with casualties. You know you shouldn't stop and stare but you just can't help it.

Anonymous said...

i'm looking forward to seeing something in the coming season, there are A LOT of apple computers prominently featured on the show. Like a whole lot, now that Tim Cook, Apple's CEO has come out as gay, will their fundy-judgy was come out and make them use Microsoft Surfaces instead... That would be such a way of showing their true colors

Mel said...

Josie's rendition of The Star Spangled Banner was fantastic. What potential!

Anonymous said...

I lasted about 5 minutes of watching this episode. I just can't listen to Michelle's baby voice, like nails on a chalk board. The way she narrates sounds like she is reading a Dr. Suess story to a bunch of preschoolers. I'm sure it was the same bunch of BS anyway.

Anonymous said...

OK I have to admit I was impressed Josie knew all the words to the Star Spangled Banner.

Katie's Mom said...

Due to illness I was confined to home today, but had a chance to watch a wonderful documentary on the Smithsonian Channel, about Stonehenge. All I could think of was, what a terrible waste it was for that archeologist, to go to the trouble of trying to enlighten the Duggars. So many would love a chance to experience a visit to a wonder like that. He really went out of his way to let them have the experience of lifetime. I always remember the archeologist asking; "is that one of yours," as the little ones were running wild there. The Duggars were visibly upset that someone would call them out on the behavior of their little ones. They immediately made the statement that, the children need to run off their energy. Please don't these people know there is a time & a place for everything & Stonehenge isn't a playground. They should have kept the younger ones home & let then run off their energy in the backyard or in a park near their home. I really think another family with little ones like the Duggar kids, would have left them in the hotel with a babysitter...perhaps even Michelle as babysitter, as she wasn't at all interested in the archeologist either.

Anonymous said...

Boring.
The more I see the talking heads/interviews, the more I see each family member adopting each other's mannerisms and speech patterns:
1. the word "and": Especially Jill and Anna both pronounce it as "eee-aaayyynnnd". Practice makes progress!
2. JBob's double head nod when he speaks, followed by a side nod to the left, side nod to the right

Anonymous said...

I recently saw an episode on a TlC show, about women who don't realize they are are pregnant, & suddenly give birth, in harmful or risky locations. The woman in the episode delivered her baby on the toilet, not realizing she was in labor. The neonatal specialist all agreed that it was more dangerous, to give birth on a toilet, as opposed to having no prenatal care, prenatal vitamins etc. They talked at length about the terrible risk of severe infection to a baby born that way. Anna definitely should have been taken to the hospital. It wasn't just a normal delivery & both could have died from the Duggars stupidity. They didn't take Michael to the DR until he was a week old. He could have had an infection & so could Anna. I wonder I Jilly muffin, will be shown giving birth on a toilet. Even Michelle had many of her children in the hospital.

Anonymous said...

re: Dishing with the Duggars. I couldn't believe when Josh was doing the talking head interview he said, "I can't believe my little sister is getting married. It just shouldn't be happening." Why Josh? Your wife was younger than Jill when you married her. What a stupid remark

auntliddy said...

Well, it will be cute to see how children have grown. And how micheles hair has depoofed over the years. I never really noticed any speech impediments. And Josie seems fine. Love that kid!!!!

Etienne said...

Exactly WHERE is Josiah? I know he is apparently at ALERT, but isn't he part of the show, of the family anymore? Seriously, we are not fools, something is going on.

Judy said...

It wasn't too bad because they had more Duggar talk than old scenes.

Rudy Tecat said...

I hope they show the one time the house was getting new window blinds (for free, I suppose) and poor Jana said something to the effect that now people won't be looking in their windows at the family. That was either fantastically funny irony or a very sad & naïve comment.

Jozie said...

Thank goodness they do these shows, they answer so many important questions, such as: how many children do they have again? Wait, how exactly do they feel about birth control? How on earth does Jim Bob keep his hair so dapper, is there some sort of product he uses? Was Josie full term (I can't remember if they ever mentioned that)? How the heck do they pack for all those trips? How sweet, neat, awesome is everything, really?

What a relief to finally have those questions answered!! Now if only they'd remind us what Derek's last name is....

Judy said...

I love when Jim Bob talks about how reasonable it is for him to use hair spray. Why does he need to use it all? Isn't that vain?

Anonymous said...

I wanted to scream when Michelle was talking about their modesty and she said she wears skirts because that is what God says she is supposed to wear. I don't recall anywhere in my bible any mention of wearing dresses, having long hair, not showing knees or shoulders etc.. These folks are crazy and it's just a matter of time before one of those 19 blessings rebels in a major way!!

Anonymous said...

Their clothes sure have changed over the years. One thing the girls talked about was their horrible hairstyle, they had those perms cause they said early on, our dad likes our hair long and curly. I think it was jinger who said, why didn't anyone tell us it looked so bad. They had no regular friends just others with the same style

Anonymous said...

I saw Josiah twice on the show last night? I wonder why he is not on there more often like the other ones? I think something is up with that.

Gilly said...

Etienne, couldn't agree more! WHERE is Josiah? In fact, Josiah, if you are reading this, I hope you have escaped the compound! I hope you have found shelter with a normal family. There is hope for you. Stay strong and get away! Their way is not normal...

I am worried about that kid. I think he is great and have high hopes that he can survive.

Gilly said...

Etienne, couldn't agree more! WHERE is Josiah? In fact, Josiah, if you are reading this, I hope you have escaped the compound! I hope you have found shelter with a normal family. There is hope for you. Stay strong and get away! Their way is not normal...

I am worried about that kid. I think he is great and have high hopes that he can survive.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob's hair reminds me of the old Ken doll, plastic!

Anonymous said...

The biggest change from 10 yrs ago - the worldly influence. From the first doc. to now, the kids are aware of the world around them but JB and M seem to still believe the kids are the sweet innocents who all dressed alike. Even the little ones don't act like their older sibs when they were under 10 yrs old.

Anonymous said...

Their website says that Josiah is at the Gothard Alert Academy. They visited him recently.

Anonymous said...

Re: Was Judy's comment in jest? I mean her comment re: It wasn't too bad because they had more Duggar talk than old scenes? The Duggar talk only servers to leave their poor grammar skills, grating like chalk on a blackboard. I know Michelle went to public school but JB went to a private Christian school & you would think he would have a better command of the English Language.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Mel, but even if Josie has potential which many of the Duggar kids do, they will never have the chance to explore it. , The girls especially won't leave the Duggar compound. Where are Ben & Jessa living? Anywhere near the Duggars, like Jill & Derick

Missy said...

RE: The comments about Josiah. I agree he isn't with the family . How long can they send a kid to the Alert Academy? I thought it was a time span of a number of weeks, which has clearly passed. Can they be sent there for months, akin to being sent to prison? I'm only asking, as I know nothing about the "Alert Academy," although I think I know enough to be afraid of it, & what it will do to a young man.

Anonymous said...

About Josiah, I think they suspect something they consider sinfull about the poor kid, most of the rest of the world doesn't care but they sure would. I lot of people are starting to mention what they suspect about Josiah's orientation and even if it is not true, they sure as heck need to find a way to make sure that it's out of his system. It would actually be a good lesson for Jim Bob and Michele about accepting people the way God made them. Put their money where their mouth is. I didn't know who the Gothard man was (sorry, I'm a cannuck) but after researching him, I'm very much yucked out.

Sweet Pea said...

I'm sad they didn't mention Jubilee at all its almost like since she passed she never existed.

Jennifer said...

Having been raised Mormon, I think the modesty/Bible issues are:
in the OT God it says that men are not to wear women's clothes and vice versa--pants are for men and dresses are for women so there you go. Paul says somewhere that a woman's long hair is her glory. The OT also says that the "harlot" shows her off her neck and shoulders, so religious Jewish women cover their arms to the elbows usually and I think the Duggars have adopted this practice.

Anonymous said...

Josiah is alive and well, I saw him last week at a rally in Tennessee with some of his siblings and the Bates family.

Judy said...

No my comment wasn't in jest. I prefer getting new insights/information than the same old boring repeated scenes we've seen dozens of times.

Mel said...

The publicity that the family is receiving right now may be a good thing for the kids. There is no chance that the older kids are not exploring and learning about life outside the compound, as well as reading sites such as this. They love their younger siblings and I bet they will encourage them to pursue their individual interests. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think this is entirely possible.

SuzieQZ said...

This show makes me so sad. There are no educational or growth opportunities for these kids. They have the choice of following the Gothard doctrine or likely be shunned by the family and certainly would miss out on the TLC paychecks. Just another firm of control and TLC is complicit IMO.

puddin' said...

I agree with you to DAR...same old crap different year. Why do they always go over everything we have already seen before...and over it again and again. All that canned food must have gotten to their memories. So sick of the Jboob & Mee-chells kissing and giggling they sound like 14year olds too and its not even cute at age almost 50. GET REAL TLC...we want to hear the real deal with this people and the gothard life.

auntliddy said...

Missy- I too was curious about this Alert school, so I looked it up. Info a little difficult to find, and no matter how times i clicked its pretty general. There are about 5 factions, mainly alert and cadets. Cadets are for ages 8 to 17, the main purpose is to turn the eyes of the son to the father, their earthly father that is. Sounds like a son that perhaps wasnt towing the line. Fathers are supp to participate as well. Alert trains young men in air and fire rescue, so they can be deployed to help people anywhere in the world if needed in a disaster. Staff are volunteers. Naturally all entwined with relgious doctrine. Hope the kids ok.

Ginger said...

How long is Josiah going to be at Alert Camp & why? None of the other have been sent there for such a long period of time. I think John & Joe both spent time there, but it was for about an 8 week span, if I remember correctly. This is ridiculous. Let's have some answer from the ministry...you know what exactly is he accomplishing for the world or mankind by staying there?. After all, he must have learned all the skills he needed, just as the other Dugger boys did after his initial stay there. I'd like to know more about this "Camp." What has Josiah done, other than probably trying to start & live a life for himself & follow his ambitions. I think this borders on abuse

Rudy Tecat said...

Really? Hair styles, clothing styles, births, proposals and tater tots? Is that all they could think of having on this retrospective? Is that what they are proudest of?

taurus0385 said...

Didn't they already do a dishing episode?

Sweet Pea said...

RE: the post about length of Alert camp. I looked it up and the do have a 32 week program for $10,000+

Anonymous said...

Regarding Josiah ..... If this is the correct website, it says the program spans 18 months, so that would explain the long absence. http://ati.iblp.org/ati/students/opportunities/alert/

Anonymous said...

"Their website says that Josiah is at the Gothard Alert Academy. They visited him recently.

11/05/2014 9:04 PM"

I can't find that at their website. Where is it?

Anonymous said...

About Joshia. I find it hilarious that he may have been sent to Gothard Alert Academy because of his "orientation". What better way to set him straight, sorry for the pun, than to send him to a camp where he is segregated from the opposite sex and has to spend all his time with with a bunch of sexually repressed teenage boys, some of whom may have similar "orientation problems". SMH!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Re:Taurus 0385 comment about dishing with the Duggars. They do that periodically. That's where they used to tell us how to "buy used & save the difference." How their carbon footprint isn't a problem, as there is no problem with the world population. The entire population of the world could fit into a certain city I forget but I know was in Florida. They don't mention using paper & plastic utensils or all the disposable diapers they have gone through. All questions are submitted beforehand.

Beth Anne said...

I am a little uncomfortable with people assuming anything about Josiah's "orientation." He's a seemingly bright, sensitive young man trapped in a fundie household, so I think there's a mismatch between his inherent personality traits and the lifestyle he is mandated to live, irregardless of what is "orientation" is. Either way, it's heartbreaking.

I used to really enjoy hearing from him when he was younger and more front and center with the talking heads, etc., because he always stood out as engaging and interested in the world around him. At times, he seems happy and proud to be a part of his family, and I'm sure he loves them all, but he has a natural curiosity about the world around him, coupled with a good dose of common sense, that makes him a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Remember his natural, common-sense reaction to hearing Michelle was pregnant with Jubilee, in that he KNOWS what his mom and Josie went through with the pregnancy and early birth, and he had every right to feel scared, upset. Poor kid!

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember when we last saw any schooling going on in the Duggar house? There are an awful lot of young kids remaining in that home that not only need but are entitled to an education. Guess Michelle doesn't have any time left for teaching. She & Jim Bob are way to busy posing for People magazine & pictures of themselves kissing.

Leigh Ann said...

I thought this was a cute episode. "So tell us, how did it feel coming out?"

And Josie can really sing. I hope when she's a little older she can get voice lessons. And to join a choir. It's a shame none of these kids get to so something like children's choir at church.

I loved when John-David looked at his team card from earlier days and said "well, name is right".

And judging from the number of kids who said laundry is their least favorite chore I'm thinking Grandma has plenty of help.

I wish they'd ask what was the worst thing about being in a big family. Obviously there's pros and cons to every family size and make-up. But they can't have anyone saying anything negative, even if it's just something minor like having to wait in line to use the bathroom.

I noticed in one clip of a family dinner they were using real plates. I also thought it was interesting how the girls said they really liked tator tot casserole until everyone found out they liked it and insisted on feeding it to them all the time. That kind of things happens, you mention one time that you like something and then that's all your grandmother feeds you when you come over to visit. So even if you really did like and weren't just being polite you get sick of eating it.

Oh, and the little girl who wanted JB to sign her hair spray can. That was classic.

I wonder how many of the little boys want to grow up and be a sound man. I'm surprised they didn't interview Jim, the kids just love him. And I remember at a book signing several fans asked him to sign their books as well. He does seem like a really nice guy. Just shows you don't have to be in Gothard to be a positive role model for your kids.

TotallyANanny said...

I just watched this episode as I was getting ready for work this morning, and I noticed something during Josh's proposal to Anna. There wasn't a chaperone there! So they were allowed to have a "private" (with cameras) proposal alone? I wonder how that non-champeroned moment is explained when the girls can't be alone with their men for even a moment.

Jackie E. said...

Not that either is a qualified educator, but I think Michelle & Jessa were splitting duties -- mostly Jessa. Some of the kids (a few seasons ago) were taking Spanish lessons from a "family friend" who speaks the language as well as music lessons the "family friend" who plays the violin.

Leigh Ann said...

I think Michelle and Jim Bob were there when Josh proposed. There were four people in the booth. I remember that from the original show. They just might not have been on camera during the clip.

Leigh Ann said...

Anna's parents were there. This video is from the proposal show. If you start at 3 minutes, you can see. The way they were seated in the booth they weren't always in view of the camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPuNMWBDDT4

Anonymous said...

RE comments about who was there when Josh proposed. Just Mr. & Mrs. Keller, Anna & Josh were there. Michelle & Jim Bob were not in Florida. They didn't go to Florida until the wedding. That's why Anna's sisters were the chaperones on the ride back to Arkansas. If Jim Bob & Michelle had been there they would have been the chaperones.

Anonymous said...

Re Josie possibly being able to join a choir when she's older. Never gonna happen! If you notice none of the Duggar kids have ever been involved in a choir. They all sing together almost every time heir parents give their testimony.

FreeJana said...

It is like that with the baby they lost too.

FreeJana said...

And what was with the frontal long hug with Jessa Smessa and Benji.

Leigh Ann said...

I know Josie won't get to join a choir, that what I was trying to say. None of the kids get to be in children's choir or go to VBS or Sunday school or be in a youth or singles group, the kinds of things most Christian children and youth do. I just think that's a real shame. And the younger boys could really benefit from doing something like Upward soccer or basketball at a church. There are so many really good church opportunities they are missing out on. I guess the parents want to limit outside influences even if they are church-oriented.

Katie's Mom said...

You know when Leigh Ann mentioned soccer for the boys, I was thinking that Anna,the Duggar girls & Michelle are always talking about the kids having so much energy. Although,many times I think they are really overtired. I heard Josh mention on the RV trip, that the kids did sleep well, athough they don't usually sleep through the night at home. I know before he has mentioned that his kids don't keep normal hours. I truly believe they probably don't get enough exercise. I know Anna reads to them & they are shown tossing a beach ball around in the house, but I was thinking Leigh Ann is absolutely correct those kids need to be in some organized sports, such as soccer to get out all that energy we're are always hearing about. They have that, even for little ones Michaels age. Jackson also desperately needs a way to get exercise. How can they concentrate on their schooling. That's why schools have recess.

Anonymous said...

In a recent repeat when Jana & Jill were first starting to go into midwife & doula training, Michelle in a talking head segment, said they always send their children out in pairs. Always two at a time,because that's how Christ sent his Apostles out. Did anyone else hear that? I never heard her give that explanation, although, I hear the girls say their parent always want two of them to go together. One minute Michelle & Jim Bob are saying, are babies are delivering babies & the next they are saying they have to go everywhere in two's. Guess that's why Jinger & Jessa worked in the coffee shop together. Can you imagine in the real world going for a job, but bringing along you sister, or I should say accountability partner?

Leigh Ann said...

And one of the younger boys said they mostly play inside. They have that huge yard and that big wooden swing-set. In that particular episode Grandma was taking care of them and she had them playing some kind of ball game (four square or the like) inside. They could go outside with a soccer ball and have enough kids to get a halfway decent game going on. Even without an organized league (which I still think would be good for them) they could be getting much more exercise just at home. And for McKenzie and Michael who don't have all that space some kind of church or community sport would be good for them. If they only had practice once a week and a game once a week they would want to go out and practice in between, little kids like to try out what they learned at home.

Ginger said...

MacKenzie & Michael seem to have a fairly large yard. Not the size of the Duggars property, but probably the size most modest homes have. I noticed when they were preparing to leaving on their RV trip, that their was a home across the road from their house. Who knows if there are children there, but they probably wouldn't be allowed to play with them. Organized sports would still be the best, not only would they get exercise, but kids learn a lot from organized sports. They learn to share, they learn that they don't always win or get their own way, just regular life lessons. I know a lot of bloggers don't agree, but I have always thought that Michael was quite spoiled. I guess being the "Duggar Prince," makes him special. Whenever he cries, they pick him up & carry him. I know right now he's a "middle child," & they were moving when Marcus was born. Anna thought he needed a lot of extra attention & he probably did at that time. But Anna is always saying she doesn't want to see her children upset about anything. When the RV had to go in the shop, she said she had to read & play with them so they wouldn't be upset. Most moms would just say, we have to let the men fix our RV, but we'll leave later or even tomorrow, but we'll still go on our trip. Those things happen all the time. I saw MacKenzie dusting & cleaning the inside of the RV with Anna.

got2bdrc said...

I just watched "14 kids and pregnant again" via youtube. The kids were really cute when they were little, but what unfortunate fashion choices! It's no wonder that people thought they were FLDS or Amish. Prairie dresses galore. I wonder if we can say that's modest? They may be covered up, but they're so different that they call attention to themselves. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

Re; The Duggars being shown using regular plates. When they were first on, they occasionally did use regular plates, so maybe it was an old segment. They had the same type of plates that you see in a cafeteria, a hard plastic. Just about everyone has seen, & some have commented many times, about the institutional type of dish washer they have in their house. Still when they have important company such as DR Stanley (I remember Michelle was as excited as a child at Christmas) they used paper or styrafoam plates. Michelle actually said he was the most important person to ever come to their home, & yet they didn't use regular plates when they serverd him "tater tot casserole." Since Michelle doesn't do the dishes, why doesn't she have them use regular plates when they have an important guests?

Anonymous said...

When I watched Josh & Anna's RV trip I couldn't help but notice, although I've heard it before, that Anna constantly is saying, "it's going to be;"So Fun." Perhaps it's just a regional thing, but whenever I hear anyone refer to something that's fun, they say: "it's going to be fun, or sometimes "this is fun", "this is so much fun," "what a fun thing to do." I never hear anyone that always uses the expression "this is: So Fun." I noticed that MacKenzie was also saying the same thing.

Leigh Ann said...

I will say in the Duggar kids' defense, most kids these days don't get enough exercise and the Duggar kids get far less screen time than the average kid does. But I think they all could benefit from and would enjoy some organized outside activities.

About the dishes, I couldn't believe they fed Dr. Stanley on a styrofoam plate! If it had been an outdoor cookout that would have been fine but an indoor sit-down meal with guests is the time to pull out the real dishes. Then just stuff them in the dishwasher at the end. No problem!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11/13@5:12....I agree totally with you on the English grammar. "so fun" is not correct English. The phrase is "so MUCH fun" as I was taught. Also many people pronounce "the oven" rather than theeee oven, etc. Where did phonics go? These people can't speak English to save their lives...what about Jim Bob's grammar? I give him a "D"..."Michelle's and I's"...awful example to his kids.

Anonymous said...

re: The Duggar kids playing organized sports. I remember when Jim Bob had a basketball court put in. He & Michelle both said they didn't want the kids to go any further than their own home to play(there's that control issue again.)So I guess unless they truck in outside kids, which isn't going to happen, it will always just be whatever kids are around the house to play together. I think they do spend most of the time inside the house, & not outside. Occasionally we would see them on bikes outside, but they were always allowed to roller skate in the house. I don't care what type of floor they have, children should not be allowed to roller skate in the house. I remember Michelle just dodging around the kids that were skating in the house. They came to the sotdrt with skates on too. None of these type of things are getting them the exercise they need. Michelle, all the Duggar girls & Anna are constantly referring to all the "energy," these kids have. If they don't give them a chance to play it's always going to be that way. When searching for a home Josh made the comment to the real estate agent that his kids "don't keep regular hours." These were small children that needed naps & an early bedtime. Instead they use the old line, that the Duggars are night owls. Who made the kids "night owls?"

Anonymous said...

The Duggars have the poorest command of the English Language that I have heard. The really sad thing is that these kids have no chance to do better, if that's who is teaching them. I don't even know how Jim Bob can let it roll off his tongue that; "Michelle & I'S give you permission to court. It's a tongue twister. He went to a private Christian School, wasn't he ever taught when to use proper English. Why couldn't he say; We give you permission or Michele & I give you permission. Let him leave out the "eye's" which he uses all the time.

Allison said...

They may be covered up, but they're so different that they call attention to themselves. Just saying...

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The Duggar's definition of modesty is not about drawing attention to yourself. The Duggars are all about drawing attention to themselves! They're on a TV show for crying out loud. They are in a public ministry (for lack of a better word). What they don't want to do is draw attention to themselves SEXUALLY. That's the only thing their modest dress and modest swimsuits are supposed to do. They would probably LOVE for people to look at them in their wholesome wear swim suits and wonder why they were wearing that, and maybe even ask them about it, because it would give them the opportunity to evangelize.

They are not trying to avoid attention. They are trying to prevent people from having sexual thoughts. That's what defrauding is. That's all they're concerned with. Sex rules their thinking. It's really sad.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I don't understand Allison's' comments about the Duggars. She say's; "What they don't want to do is draw attention to themselves sexually." She then say's they are not trying to avoid attention. They are trying to prevent people from having sexual thoughts. She then says; Sex rules their thinking. Perhaps it's just me but I can't make sense out of these comments. Can she explain what she is trying to say in other terms?

Allison said...

I'm sorry but I don't understand Allison's' comments about the Duggars. She say's; "What they don't want to do is draw attention to themselves sexually." She then say's they are not trying to avoid attention. They are trying to prevent people from having sexual thoughts. She then says; Sex rules their thinking. Perhaps it's just me but I can't make sense out of these comments. Can she explain what she is trying to say in other terms?

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Sure, I'd be happy to!

I've read comments that the Duggars are not modest because they draw attention to themselves through their wholesome wear swimming suits, as an example. And my point was that the Duggars definition of "being modest" is purely whether or not they are displaying their body sexually. Wearing full body swimsuits might be drawing attention to themselves, but it's not sexual attention.

The Duggars are trying to spread the Christian message. Something like their swimming suits, or as the previous poster mentioned, their very noticeable prairie dresses, are attracting attention. People might ask "Why are they wearing that?" Then they would be able to share their testimony, and share the Christian message. So some people might think, "They're attracting attention to themselves, that's not being modest (or humble)" but the Duggars aren't focused on being modest in that way or humble (quite the contrary IMO). They just want to make sure that people don't see them as being sexual. Purity is of utmost value. Hence the pants rule, the layered shirts rule. The no dancing rule. The no worldly music, TV or movies. The Nike thing.

What I meant by "sex rules their thinking" is that they are overly concerned with whether or not people are seeing them sexually, that whole "stirring desires that cannot be righteously fulfilled." I suppose it would be more appropriate to say "The absence of sex rules their thinking." At least, for the unmarried ones! Obviously as soon as you are married, sex is of the utmost priority!

Of course, this is only my interpretation. I'm not saying that I'm right, I'm just sharing my views on why the Duggars think they are so modest. I think the Duggars focus on sexuality when it comes to modesty, not on being the center of attention as far as their beliefs go because drawing attention helps their ministry. Hope that helps! And yes, I've probably spent too much time thinking about this. ;)

Anonymous said...

I think Jim Bob Duggar thinks of sex 24 hours a day seven days a week. I've never heard anyone on TV refer to sex so much. I don't care about the dress or the use of the word "Nike." THE MAN IS OBSESSED. Also they are constantly calling attention to themselves; passing out photos to strangers,introducing yourself as the dad of 19, introducing your wife to a stranger & saying "she's been good to me." Believe me after all this publicity over the weddings ,courting, engagements, they don't even remember what their testimony is.

Anonymous said...

The greedy want list for wedding gifts from fans and guests has turned lots of people off. Shame on them and
Now the dullards have an unbelievable list of baby gifts she expects to receive.