The Duggars are a conservative Christian family who gained fame through their reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting." However, as more information about their personal lives emerged, it became increasingly clear that their world was a depraved one. The family's strict adherence to patriarchal gender roles is one of the most concerning aspects of their world. Women are expected to be submissive to men in all areas of life, including their own marriages. This has led to instances of abuse and control within the family.
Their emphasis on purity and modesty has also led to some disturbing practices. For example, the family does not allow their daughters to wear pants, opting instead for long skirts and dresses that cover their legs completely. Additionally, the family does not allow their children to date in the traditional sense. Instead, they court with the intention of marriage under strict supervision by their parents.
Despite presenting themselves as wholesome and moral, the Duggars' world is also marked by hypocrisy and deceit. In addition to the revelations about Josh Duggar's past abuse, it has been revealed that he was a user of the Ashley Madison website, which promotes extramarital affairs. This behavior is especially troubling given the family's emphasis on sexual purity and fidelity.
Furthermore, the Duggars have been accused of covering up allegations of abuse within their own family and community. In 2015, it was revealed that the family had known about Josh's past abuse for several years but had not reported it to the authorities. Instead, they had handled it within the family, with Josh receiving counseling from a family friend who was not a licensed therapist.
The Duggars' world is also marked by a narrow-minded and judgmental view of the world. The family's conservative beliefs have led them to condemn homosexuality, transgender individuals, and anyone who does not conform to their strict moral code. This has led to criticism and backlash from many in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
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