Joy-Anna Duggar: Subjected to Extra Strict Courtship Rules?

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Last week, we learned that Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are engaged.

While they'll still be forced to forgo sex until their wedding night, some of the harsh restrictions placed on the couple's courtship have been lifted.

The moment Forsyth put a ring on it, a lot changed ... but not everything.

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth

For example, Joy-Anna and Austin can hold hands now, which, in Duggar Land, is actually treated as a major step forward in the courting process.

But it's not exactly giving them free rein, either.

Just because they may give in to their wanton desire to press palms, that doesn't mean they're about to run roughshod over each other sexually.

In fact, there are more stifling strictures of courting than we even need to list at this point, and the future Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth are far from exempt.

For instance, young Duggars are not permitted to spend time with their significant others without the presence of a chaperone, or chaperones.

Yes, even after they've gotten engaged.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth

Interestingly, sources say the Duggars are not just holding to this, but doubling-down on the c-ck-blocking security in Joy-Anna's case.

Why? Are they worried about Joy having premarital sex?

Often forcing her to get to know her fiance under the supervision of not one, but two family chaperones, they're running a tight ship.

According to The Daily Mail, when Austin proposed to Joy-Anna, both Johannah and Jennifer Duggar were brought along for the ride - literally.

The couple went horseback riding prior to Austin's proposal, and we imagine the romantic mood was somewhat dampened by their presence.

Two of Joy-Anna's younger siblings tagging along for such a life milestone may seem unusual, but the Duggars are an unusual lot.

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth

Joy-Anna seemed to confirm the double-team chaperone treatment in an interview with TLC when she described that magical moment.

"We were going to go horseback riding and I decided to bring Johannah and Jennifer along because I knew that they would enjoy that," she said.

Was that the only motivation involved, though? Of course not.

"They got to be the chaperones of this date," Joy-Anna said.

The 19-year-old bride-to-be added: "It also made this day really, really special and then he asked me to marry him and I said, 'Yes!'"

It would be one thing if Jennifer and Johannah were simply chaperoning a date that happened to end in a surprise proposal.

Johannah Faith Duggar

(Don't get us wrong; it would still be super weird. But it would be somewhat less so if only Austin knew what was coming.)

Not the case. The situation is made even stranger by the fact that that Austin asked for Jim Bob's permission to propose.

Nothing in the Duggar family happens without Jim Bob's say-so, meaning the patriarch was in on the plans from the onset.

Put another way, he knew Forsyth would be popping the question, but still felt the need to send two of her younger sisters to supervise.

Also, Johannah and Jennifer are 11 and 9, respectively.

Are they old enough to realize what's going on, and what the "chaperone" role is? Or do they think Joy-Anna is chaperoning them?

So many questions when it comes to these relationship policies, so little time to fully analyze the psychological impacts of them all.

Of course, at this point the Duggars have set the weirdness bar so high that if that's the strangest thing to come out about the family this week?

They can consider it a victory and go about their lives.

Besides, on the bright side, the stringent slash bizarre rules don't seem to be affecting Joy-Anna's enthusiasm for her romantic future:

"I’m so excited to be engaged to my best friend," she said, regarding the proposal that began the next phase of their future together.

"Austin made it so romantic, it’s amazing."

As always, you can follow the link to watch Counting On online to get fully caught up on this amazing romance in all its glory.

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