Duggar Family Rules: How Are These Still a Thing in 2020??

The Duggar family’s unusual dating (sorry, courting) rules were well documented long before they were embroiled in scandal.

Ever since Josh Duggar’s child molestation history – and brazen adultery – was exposed, they’ve all been under a microscope.

Yet, despite his hypocrisy, and the fact that their every move is under heavier scrutiny than ever, they weather every storm.

TLC axed 19 Kids & Counting, only to quickly come back with Counting On, featuring the same Duggars and their beliefs.

Well, sans the radioactive Josh. And now Derick.

Josh was a bridge too far for even the hard core believers to stomach seeing on TV any longer, but the fan base remains.

The Duggars themselves are similarly loyal to their beliefs. When it comes to the Arkansas family’s values, they stand firm.

Their belief system certainly requires conviction in order to practice, since the list of policies for love and life is not short.

Despite Joy bailing, Jinger’s new life in L.A., Derick’s sex on the brain and Jana’s girlfriend (supposedly), the rules remain.

Here are the most bizarre things they don’t allow …

1. Girl-on-Girl Romance

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Needless to say, the Duggars believe in traditional “family values” a.k.a. that homophobia is a sin. Rumors of Jana Duggar’s sexuality have circulated for years, with an insider telling The Hollywood Gossip that she was in love with her best friend Laura DeMasie. There’s been no official confirmation of this, but Jim Bob was reportedly so upset by how close they were that he arranged for her to get a job and move to Atlanta, far from the compound where Jana remains single at age 30. In a family where 20 is the usual courting age, her lack of courtships stands out even more.

2. Dates Without Chaperones

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The Duggar parents don’t just stand by their beliefs on relationships … they’ll stand literally next to their kids during their relationships. The parents will often accompany the kids on dates in order to maintain “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

3. Non-Group Texts

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Even in the kids’ late teens and early 20s, mom and dad are creeping on their text messages. When Ben Seewald jokingly wrote to fiancee Jessa, “Give me a ring,” Jim Bob actually jumped in on the group text, writing “No ring yet.” With a smiley face emoticon. Seriously, he did that. Whatever you think of him, Jim Bob needs his own Instagram so he can start posting screen shots of this stuff.

4. Hugs on the Chest

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This moment you see here between Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard would not have been permitted until the couple was married. Side hugs are the preferred method of PDA in order to prevent any further temptation or “hanky panky,” as has been well documented on 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggars love their side hugs so hard … though not too too hard, lest they lead to full-frontal hugging and the raging hormones that accompany such rampant chest-on-chest action. We’re getting riled up just thinking about it. And any touching beyond that? Save it for your wedding night.

5. Riding in Cars Together

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It’s no secret that the Duggars have strict dating rules. We’ve talked about some already and there are plenty more to come on this list. But one of the most bizarre was revealed only recently in an episode in which Joseph and Kendra Caldwell officially started courting. They were seen in a car, driving together … with one of the younger Duggar sitting in between them in the front seat of a pickup truck. Shortly after the courtship “proposal,” she was allowed to slide almost all the way over to Joseph. Not close enough for any inappropriate touching, obviously, but without another dude in between, which is mandatory during the “just friends” phase. Wow.

6. Co-Ed Hide and Seek

In the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal going public years later, Jim Bob and Michelle gave in interview in which they talked about all of the things they did in its aftermath. In between blaming Josh’s indiscretions on being a curious pubescent boy, they discussed family rules that resulted from this, such as the children no longer being allowed to play co-ed hide and seek. That’s right, no two children regardless of age are allowed to go off alone, even in the context of this childhood pastime. How much that really helps the situation they were responding to remains to be seen.

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Duggar Wedding Photos: So Many Bridesmaids & Nervous Virgins!

The Duggar family does just about everything a little differently from the rest of us.

Most of us know about the courtship rules, but weddings are also no exception.

When a fellow fundie marries into the Duggar clan, the occasion is marked by a massive celebration. A booze-free celebration, to be sure, but a celebration just the same.

On these wedding days, two (very) young people nervously await the departure of the last guest, at which time, they’ll be free (and encouraged) to start making babies.

The Duggar courtship rules do not allow a lot of things.

They especially prohibit premarital sex, but once the vows are exchanged, it is on like you wouldn’t believe. Women in the family often get pregnant on their honeymoons.

So not only are the ceremonies high-pressure affairs, they’re even more intense by the fact that they’re often attended by HUNDREDS of Duggar friends and well-wishers.

Needless to say, this combination of factors makes for some very interesting photo opportunities. Take a look at some of the most memorable pics through the years:

1. Matriarch Weds Patriarch

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Duggar weddings are unlike any wedding you’ve ever experienced. As a result, the most memorable Duggar wedding photos must be seen to be believed!

2. An Unholy Union

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Obviously, not all Duggar marriages are created equal. Remember Josh and Anna’s wedding? Yeah, we blocked it out, too. Probably for the best.

3. A Very Public First Kiss

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Next up were Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar. They strictly adhered to the rules of courtship. In fact, this was their first kiss EVER!!!!

4. Lookin’ Good

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The Dillards have a sense of style, and they delivered some gorgeous wedding photos!

5. Anniversary Throwback

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Here, Jill Duggar plants a kiss here on the face of Derick Dillard on their wedding day. She shared the snapshot in honor of a wedding anniversary.

6. Jill’s Wedding Party

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Jill Duggar shared this photo of her wedding party on her six month anniversary. So cute.

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Duggar Daughters’ Raciest Outfits: What Dress Code, Jim Bob?! [UPDATED]

The ladies of the Duggar family are known for subservience and commitment to their parents’ strict set of moral guidelines.

But they’re also young, famous women.

Women branching out on their own in a world where female independence is valued much more than it was in the day.

And the daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle seem to take pleasure in expressing their newfound freedom through fashion.

The acts of sartorial rebellion began when Jinger Duggar started wearing pants, and it’s been escalating from there.

Granted, we have a very long ways to go still.

Rebellion is modest in Duggars’ world. Still, progress is progress. See some of J-squad’s most defiant outfits below:

UPDATE: We’ve added some of the latest risqué pics from the sisters’ social media pages … and wow. Just wow.

Looks like im Bob’s rules are a thing of the past!

1. The Swimsuit Issue

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Of course, Jinger’s not the only one who’s capable of flouting her family’s rules in extremely mild fashion. Here, Jessa Duggar rocks the fundamentalist version of swimwear.

2. Workout Skirt

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And there was a time when Jessa stuck to her family’s “modest” dress code even while working out. It’s worth noting, however, that she’s actually baring some calf here, which makes this quite a racy get-up by Duggar standards.

3. The Pants Dance

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Think Duggar fans were upset to see Jinger carrying a gun? Ha! It was her PANTS that caught them off-guard, as Duggar women typically favor floor-length skirts no matter what sort of activity they’re engaged in.

4. Liberated Jill

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These days, the Duggar gals are allowed a bit more leeway, as evidenced by Jill’s decision to rock pants in public — while addressing a group of young women, no less!

5. Short Stuff

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Much of that freedom is due to the 2017 Jinger Rebellion, which culminated in the new mom publicly sporting shorts.

6. Jinger in Tights, Jill in Jeans

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Recently, Jill and Jinger posed for a pic together, and fans were quick to notice that the sisters were defying their parents by wearing jeans and tights, respectively.

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The Duggar Sons: Are ALL of Them Unemployed?!

We’ve spoken at length about a strange phenomenon happening within the Duggar family these days.

It seems that several of Jim Bob’s children have failed to succeed as adults, despite being born into remarkable affluence and an environment that strongly encourages the acquisition of wealth.

Some say the Duggars have been spoiled by reality TV stardom.

Others claim the Duggars’ homeschooling left them unprepared to be competitive in the real world.

Whatever the case, several of Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult children are struggling to get by.

The good news is, they don’t have to worry about losing their jobs due to the coronavirus recession, as none of them have jobs to lose.

The bad news is … well, pretty much everything else about their lives.

Here’s a look at how Jim Bobs offspring are currently earning their daily bread:

1. The Lost Generation

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The children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have struggled mightily in their adult lives. The Duggars pride themselves on their work ethic, but some of them are barely working … and barely getting by.

2. The Family Business

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Obviously, the next generation of Duggars is at least partially supported by earnings from the family’s reality show, but that might not amount to quite as much cash as you would think.

3. War of Words

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The ongoing feud between Jim Bob Duggar and Derick Dillard has offered several illuminating insights into how the family operates behind the scenes, many of them having to do with finances.

4. Bombshell

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Derick claims that Jim Bob keeps the money that TLC pays his kids, and doles it out to them only as needed.

5. Daily Degradation

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So essentially, Jim Bob’s adult children are grownups who still receive an allowance. No wonder so many of them are said to be unhappy with their current situation.

6. Dad and CEO

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Of course, it’s important to note that Jim Bob offers his kids more than just a cash allowance. He also permits the men in the family to take part in his other business ventures.

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Duggar Family Offers Homeschool Tips For a Quarantined Nation!

If you’re a fan of the Duggar family, then you’re probably aware that Jim Bob Duggar exercises tight control over the lives and decisions of his children.

The indoctrination campaign begins at a very young age and doesn’t let up until they start families of their own.

This means, of course, that all Duggar children must be homeschooled.

Periodically, fans question the quality of the education that the Duggar children receive under these circumstances.

These days, interest in the Duggar family’s educational practices is at an all-time high, as millions of parents worldwide have found themselves in the unexpected role of homeschool instructor as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The situation led us to wonder if Jim Bob and Michelle have any helpful tips and tricks for confused parents-turned-teachers.

And so, we went on a deep dive into the Duggars’ homeschool curriculum in hopes of answering that question.

Take a look:

1. The Student Body

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have homeschooled all of their 19 children. And until recently, the curriculum they use for their kids’ education has been mostly kept secret.

2. The Students Become the Teachers

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Jim Bob and Michelle are strict adherents of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its offshoot organization, the Advanced Training Institute International.

3. The Next Level

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Basically, the IBLP-ATI is an organization for evangelical fundamentalists who feel the Southern Baptist Church somehow is not enough of a strict and all-encompassing presence in their lives.

4. The Founder

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The organization has seen a steep decline in membership in recent years, thanks in large part to numerous sexual assault allegations directed at its founder, Bill Gothard.

5. More of the Same

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The Duggars are the IBLP’s most high-profile members, so the revelation that Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters wasn’t exactly great for enrollment levels, either.

6. Getting Them While They’re Young

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But still, the Duggars remain staunch advocates of the IBLP, as well as the ATI, which focuses primarily on the “education” and indoctrination of young evangelicals.

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