I recently came across this reality show “18 Kids and Counting” on TLC and I am not sure how I feel about it.
First, I say “kuddos” to Mrs. Duggar for making it through 12 years of being pregnant, I know I sure could not have done it. The two years I was held hostage by my body (although more than worth it, in the end) played havoc with all areas of my life: career, sex, romance, body image, “my” time and sleep.
My confusion comes in understanding why anyone would want their family exploited on a reality show – money and 15 minutes of fame is all I can think of; what is the world coming to?
The Duggar family, who hails from Arkansas is being called a pop culture phenomenon. They regularly appear on national talk shows and in the press and are said to have an enormous online following.
Jim Bob and Michelle, are the patriarch and matriarch of this clan—ten boys and eight girls: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and baby Jordyn-Grace. And did you notice they all start with “J”
I must say they are an attractive family and the children all seem well adjusted – but I still can’t help to wonder…where will living their lives on TV lead this family further on down the line?0