A lot of parents make controlling decisions about how their kids dress, but in the Duggar family, they take it to another level. Due to their strict fundamentalist religious views, the daughters are their father’s property until they are married. Because of Jim Bob’s rules, the Duggar girls never wore anything but long dresses and skirts.
But, some of the girls are now married and dressing differently, and members of the Duggar family church are outraged.
Other parts of the strict Duggar dress code include always wearing sleeves and no tight clothing. And, until recently, it even meant no shorts for the boys.
It’s hard for outsiders to understand, but their rules are based on the idea that revealing clothing causes lust and bad behavior.
But, now that Jill, Jinger, and Jessa are married, they can wear what their husbands allow, and they aren’t as strict as the Duggar patriarch. Cameras have caught all three of the girls wearing pants, and we assume that because their husbands allow it, their Dad reluctantly accepts it.
But their conservative fundamentalist church isn’t so understanding. An anonymous commenter, who claims to be a member of the church, says the pants-wearing Duggar girls are a problem because they allow women who come in contact with them to be “defrauded.”
Some translate that into meaning that the girls are deceiving others into thinking that wearing pants is okay, even though they are for “devil-sluts.”
The same commenter also claims that when the Duggar girls wear pants they are forcing men to lust after them and it is against everything that God represents.
This comes just after Jill wore pants while talking to students about leading “Christ-centered relationships,” and Jinger wore tight jeans and heels on camera.
Jinger’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, has a past that includes getting a tattoo and drinking alcohol on the weekends while he was in college. He has said that he doesn’t believe Jesus saves people just to force them to wear skirts.
That opinion seems to be doctrinally sound, but he has also been known to have less tolerant views, including believing that the Duggars aren’t anti-gay enough.
In addition to wearing pants, Jill has taken her rebellion a bit further by getting her nose pierced and wearing henna tattoos. She got the temporary artwork during a Christmas festival, and even though it’s just henna, it’s kind of a big deal because she comes from a family that didn’t allow her to cut her hair.
The Duggar family returns with new episodes of Counting On in February.