No one ever taught Anna Duggar to “breathe fire”.
Some may see her choice in light of this second transgression (the first being sexually molesting his younger sisters as a teenager) as a show of wifely loyalty and Christian forgiveness.
Others see it as a decision Anna Duggar, a 27-year-old mother of four young children, had little choice in.
That’s a point one woman, Jessica Krammes Kirkland, made brilliantly when she wrote a Facebook post about the whole debacle that’s gone viral — for good reason.
Kirkland wrote, “I know everybody is laughing about this Josh Duggar story. Oh, a DUGGAR on Ashley Madison, it’s so rich!
I wish more people would talk about Anna.”
The mother of two girls, aged 6 and 2, from Georgia, writes that Anna Duggar was clearly never instilled with a sense of self-worth by the people around her — something she is doing with her own two girls, whom she’s raising “to think they breathe fire”.
In the Quiverfull Christian tradition, Anna Duggar was taught that her purpose in life is to be a good wife and a good mother and prodigious birther of children. She did those things.
“Anna Duggar was crippled by her parents by receiving no education, having no work experience (or life experience, for that matter) and then was shackled to this loser because his family was famous in their religious circle,” writes Kirkman.
She’s right, of course. What is Anna Duggar going to do now? Take her four children away from the powerful Duggar family and be ostracised from her community?
Work at a local retail store or as a waitress? Minimum wage in America is so miniscule that it would hardly be enough to support her alone, let alone her kids.
Kirkman says Anna Duggar has been “utterly, utterly failed” by her parents and must now “lower herself so [her husband] may rise up on her back”.
“She lived up to the standard that men set for her of being chaste and Godly and in return, the man who demanded this of her sought women who were the opposite. ‘Be this,’ they told her. She was. It wasn’t enough.”