For those of you who haven’t heard of them, the Duggars are like the Christian Kardashians, with more kids but less bling and plastic surgery. They belong to a far-right religous whackjob movement called Quiverfull, where predominantly (exclusively?) white Christians try to out-reproduce the rest of us so they can ultimately implement their own version of Sharia law, except that the women wear long denim skirts and buttoned-up shirts instead of burkas to keep from inciting rape in the vulnerable male population. The Duggars’ show on TLC features submissive Michelle, who keeps pumping out babies (19 at last count) even though she and her husband Jim Bob have been told that the next one could bust open poor Michelle’s worn-out uterus.
Since the older members of Michelle and Jim Bob’s brood are past the age of consent, the Duggar franchise is expanding to the topic of marriage and the inevitable reproduction. The Quiverfull code for young couples is that they can’t hold hands until they’re engaged, and they can’t kiss (or fuck, obvs) until they’re married. Once they are married, in Michelle’s words, “Duggar women don’t get headaches. You always need to be available when he calls.” (That link is to a Dan Savage piece on the Duggars that is well worth reading.)
The oldest Duggar, Josh, is already married and the father of 3, and he’s holding down a job at the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group (naturally). Since Josh is obviously dull and predictable, it’s up to one of the younger Duggars to get some press attention, and 22 year-old Jessa has done so. Jessa got married recently, and the tabloids have picked up a post from what appears to be a parody blog which claims that Jessa and her new husband were so hot for each other that they retreated to a side room in the church and consummated the marriage. That seems a bit far-fetched, but I just wasted a few precious minutes at that blog and it definitely straddles the line between parody and plausibility. If you’re looking for a diversion from the depressing election news, you might enjoy it.
That said, whatever you might think of the Duggars, I’m sure all 7 of the voting-age kids and their parents went to the polls and voted this week, which is more than you can say for a hell of a lot of people who don’t think that a woman’s role is to submissively allow her uterus to function like a clown car.