Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Want to Hate the Duggars, but I Can't!

Some sick curiosity draws me to the show "17 Kids and Counting". I consider myself a liberal, modern kind of gal. I share maybe .00002 % of the Duggars values. I really want to find a reason to dislike them. I watch them on t.v. and wait for them to say something hateful, or ignorant, but they never do. They are darn charming, actually. I can't hate them. Can't do it!



There is an episode on right now and Michelle and Jim Bob are in a head shop in San Francisco.....hilarious. They are so innocent. They're admiring how beautiful the hand-blown glass bowls and bongs....eh...I mean tobacco water-pipes are. {If you have ever been in a head shop, then you know that you get immediately ejected if you utter the b-word......I've heard}. They are giving street musicians money and conversing with dirty hippies. I'd be afraid to do both of those things.



Michelle Duggar is actually pretty dang intelligent. I expected her to be backward and ignorant. She's really not. Any time they interview her, I can't help but think "what a smart woman". They try to give the parents questions that they would answer stupidly, but they are never duped. In one episode they question Michelle about giving her female children chores like laundry and dishes, and her boys chores involving yard work. They asked her if she was playing into gender stereotypes. Her response was something to the effect that boys and girls ARE DIFFERENT and that is not a bad thing. I can't disagree. I wouldn't make my daughter (hypothetical daughter, as I do not have one) take out the trash if I had perfectly capable boys sitting around. I wouldn't trust my boys with the laundry, unless I was dying or something. We all knows what happens when boys do laundry...they put too much soap in, the washer overflows, they mix colors and everyone has pink underwear. I think every sitcom has played on this scenario with stunning accuracy.
Perhaps I am backward in some ways.

Don't worry! I'm not going to throw out the birth control and start preaching the gospel.

5 comments:

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails said...

I agree 100% with you on that family. I can't help but shake my head and smile at the same time while I watch that show. LOL

Alabaster Mom said...

Mom made me take out the garbage one time when I had mono. This doesn't relate to anything - I just thought I'd mention it. You were the BABY so you never had to do anything. Hmph!

Justi said...

I like that show, too! I think that they are very intelligent, as well...

Beth said...

We live in rural-ville so I've never seen the Duggars but I had to LOL at the pink underwear thing. No joke--it happened this week when my husband decided to do a load of laundry.

Sammy said...

I love the Duggars! I have extremely liberal political and social values, yet I love the Duggars. The thing is, they're incredibly kind people. They're just really, really nice to everyone. I also wanted to find fault with them, but I can't. They're too nice!