I have issues with the common poster of the Quiverfull-practising and publicity-seeking Duggar family which uses a tag about a clown car. Inspired by a discussion about the poster in this Pandagon discussion thread (Amanda’s post is spot on, I just dislike the tagline of that poster), I offer an alternative.
NB: I have edited this to make this poster smaller in response to some comments below. It’s not fair to emphasise the children themselves so much.
My tagline is a bit long to really sing. Any better suggestions would be much appreciated, especially if we can work in something about how their much-spruiked “debt-free” lifestyle involves a whole lot of taking from the community around them and very little giving back. They don’t even pay property taxes because they have declared their home to be a church, and they sell their tips on frugal thrift to others, they don’t share them freely.
I have second-cousins who were born into large families. I know that there is a special sense of belonging together amongst the siblings which they treasure, and although my environmental side views more than 2 progeny per couple as ecologically irresponsible, I can understand the emotional attraction. But amongst my relatives there wasn’t such an emphasis on having as many kids as physically possible – reportedly Michelle Duggar deliberately stops breastfeeding her babies as early as she can so that she can fall pregnant again at the earliest possible opportunity, which must be affecting her ligaments and joints as they never fully return to normal in between pregnancies. She is likely to become arthritic and even crippled at a relatively early age because of her devotion to rapid-turnover breeding, which seems astonishingly imprudent for a family that claims to value family life and caring for each other so much.