Ever wonder why the Duggars make their daughters wear long skirts? What’s up with that? Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 18 birth kids. The Duggar family has a reality TV show on TLC, plus a web site. Try to find just one image of any Duggar girl wearing pants, with maybe the exception of Duggar daughters who are still babies. But if any Duggar girl is old enough to carry on a conversation, she is wearing a very long skirt. Seems like the skirts are always denim and rather plain.
Now, it’s commonplace and understandable when parents set clothing restrictions for their daughters, as in: No midriffs or shirts that show cleavage. Or no shorts that are so high that they show the butt. But what makes parents, the Duggar parents in this case, make their daughters wear these really long skirts? This is really peculiar, because on one hand, there is a component of modesty to wearing only long skirts, which may be rooted in the Duggar parents’ religious beliefs.
On the other hand, wouldn’t long pants (as long as they weren’t tight) de-emphasize female sexuality and therefore conform to a modest presentation? Since the Duggar girls are required to wear only very long skirts, does this mean they are prohibited from playing sports? It’s kind of hard to play soccer, tennis, volleyball or run track in long skirts.
And then there’s the daughters’ hair. Again, seems like the requirement to always wear long, plain skirts relates to some kind of modesty thing, the antithesis of appearing sexual, something that would not turn on men because the legs are near-completely hidden. But the elaborate hairdos of the girls contradict this approach, because the hairdos, when you think about it, can be considered glam and flamboyant.
The girls’ hairstyles are the exact hairdos you’d find on women in lingerie catalogues, or any clothing catalogue, and at Hollywood parties. The Duggar daughters’ hair is long, sweeping, glistening and stylishly crimped or waved. Though many females have a natural curl or natural ringlets in their hair, what are the odds that every single girl in a huge family has this kind of hair naturally? Not only that, but all the Duggar girls’ hair is gleaming and in perfect place; hair does not naturally get this way; the girls’ hair receives lots of careful, meticulous attention and grooming — and this flashiness contradicts the requirement that they wear those drab, long, heavy-looking skirts. A lot of attention goes into that hair, which contradicts the modesty that supposedly the Quiverfull religion preaches.
I’m sure that the Duggar girls feel as though they are choosing to wear these skirts, and feel that it is their choice to believe that it’s wrong or immoral for females to wear pants or shorter skirts. But where did the girls get this idea in the first place? Their parents, of course. Since day one, the Duggars have been raising their daughters to think a certain way, and consequently, the Duggar girls apparently believe it’s immoral to wear pants. Why else wouldn’t they wear pants? What are the odds that every single girl in such a large family is intrinsically averse to pants or shorter skirts — even just below the knee?! The Duggar girls’ wear skirts nearly to their ankles. Not quite, but almost.
What all this peculiarity suggests to me is that the Duggars have raised their girls to be submissive to men. I’d love to know how each Duggar girl would answer this question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”