TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting was a reality television show centered around the lives of a devout Christian family with very particular world views. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s goal was to raise their 19 – wonderfully, thematically named – children to be modest, pure, and adherent to a long list of things a Duggar simply doesn’t do. The main draw of the show quickly shifted from the family’s massive size to the absurdity of the Duggar dating rules.
Duggars are not allowed to date in the casual sense. Sure, promoting purity before marriage is a nice idea, but, according to Duggar rules, there is no touching of any kind, and that includes kissing and hand holding. Private communication and spending time alone together are unheard of, to boot. Duggars don’t simply impart values on their children and trust them to have the self control and integrity to follow through of their own volition. It kind of makes you wonder: are all these relationships really matches made in heaven, or are these kids marrying young out of sexual frustration? Read full article here.