The Duggars: Sex and the police

Probably one of the most rational, informed responses I’ve seen thus far. And fair point: creating a sexualized culture around the word “innocence” needs deep scrutiny & dialogue. Innocence embraces far more than child sexlessness (or lack thereof), & a culture of fear demands knee-jerk reaction rather than clear, informed response.

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Madonna of the multiplication tables: Michelle Duggar with her newborn 17th child in 2007, surrounded by her family Lady Madonna: Michelle Duggar with her newborn 17th child in 2007, surrounded by her family

I knew nothing about the Duggars until two days ago; and, as Karl Kraus might say, now that I know all about them I feel much less well informed. Apparently in America you can become a tourist attraction just by giving birth on schedule. Michelle Duggar did it at year-and-a-half intervals for 27 years, like a fertile Old Faithful, and she parlayed it into her own TV show. The Duggars spawned 19 children; they monogrammed the kids, all their names beginning with “J” (for daddy Jim Bob, or maybe Jesus, or the life-inciting jism); Mom has spent 144 months pregnant, 12 years of her life; they go through 16 boxes of cereal, 7 gallons of milk, and 40 loads of laundry a week. This isn’t a family, it’s a factory. They don’t give love, they produce…

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