By Audra Nakas
On Tuesday nights this past year, you could find me and my roommates gathered around the TV for our weekly bonding activity: watching TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting with a big bowl of popcorn on the table and a glass of wine in hand. Though intended to be a way to unwind from schoolwork and senior year anxieties, watching Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen kids (plus grandchildren) often led to some interesting discussions.
On the one hand, my roommates and I found many of the family members endearing, and we appreciated their wholesomeness. On the other hand, like many viewers, we criticized the family’s approach to sexual morality, not out of disdain for their high regard for purity, but because the rules they’ve created for romantic relationships distort the true nature of chastity.
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