The Duggar family is nothing if not resistant to change, but it appears that even the controversial Counting On clan is beginning to make minor concessions to the forces of social justice and women’s rights.
Of course, it’s important to note that when we say “minor concessions,” we’re talking very minor concessions.
Like, “members of the sinful female gender are allowed to wear pants” minor.
Yes, as you may have heard, the Duggar women wear pants now.
It all started with Jinger Duggar, who wore pants in an Instagram photo last year, thus signaling to her oppressed sisters that it was time to break free of their floor-length denim shackles and free the knees.
And to their credit, some of her siblings have followed suit.
These days, both Jessa and Jill Duggar wear pants on a regular basis.
In fact, Jill wore pants for a speaking engagement at a school this week!
A woman wearing pants in front of children!
There was a time when the such a sight would have Michelle Duggar looking for the nearest fainting couch and Jim Bob attempting to beat the image out of his head with the family Bible.
These days, however, the Duggars are a lot more relaxed–chill, you might even say–about allowing women the basic human right to wear comfortable clothing.
Those who are familiar with the family’s belief system say that the reason Jinger, Jessa, and Jill are allowed to wear pants is because they’re married, and their husbands allow them to dress that way.
That’s been the accepted narrative for so long now that fans were a bit surprised to hear Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, refute it today.
Of course, Derick only expressed these views after being called out as a patriarchal egomaniac on Twitter.
“Here’s your ‘oxymoron,’ Derick. It’s sad but true that well-behaved women rarely make history, but isn’t that what you want and teach the women who follow your cult?” wrote the user.
“No, I don’t believe or teach that…The Bible says nothing about wearing skirts or having a certain [hairstyle] to be saved,” Derick shot back.
So wait … the Duggar dress code isn’t a real thing?
Why didn’t anyone tell us this years ago?!
Oh, wait, they did and they totally confirmed that it’s a real thing.
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