Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: Slammed For Photo of Youngest Daughters!

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Another day, another Duggar controversy.

Fortunately, this one is far more innocuous than the various scandals involving Josh Duggar, but it does lead us down a similar road.

No pun intended ...

Duggar Kids on Bikes

Today's dispute may not rank among the family's biggest PR crises, it still serves as a reminder of the Duggars' troubling attitude toward women.

Jim Bob and Michelle posted the above photo to their Facebook page over the weekend, as they do with just about any event in their lives.

And, as with just about everything the Duggars do in their daily lives, there was immediate disagreement between fans and detractors.

Many pointed out that the children - the youngest of Jim Bob and Michelle's 19 and Counting, weren't wearing helmets in the photo.

“No helmets? Serious falls can occur in dirt roads as well,” wrote one fan.

“Looks great! Looks like they forgot their helmets though,” another said.

Other Facebook users voiced a different safety concern altogether.

Tyler Duggar

One follower pointed out that there may be good reason why the girls in the pic are standing beside their bikes instead of riding them.

“Normally I would agree that they’d be fine without helmets if some weren’t also riding in flip flops and a dress," the fan wrote.

"I think those long dresses are more of a hazard than the lack of helmets,” reads the comment, and it wasn't the only one like it.

Another critic chimed in similarly:

“I’m more concerned about a long dress hindering their ability to petal, and the material getting stuck or wound up in the chain."

The reason, of course, that the girls are wearing such unusual attire for an afternoon of bike riding is that the Duggars' religious beliefs require it.

Jessa Duggar Swimsuit Photo

Yes, it is mandatory dress code.

The Duggars belong to the controversial Quiverfull movement, which teaches that females are to dress in exactly this fashion.

In order to not entice the men they encounter, this means lots of layers, thick fabric, and floor-length skirts, even in childhood.

This code has been a source of controversy thanks to an upcoming event at which one Duggar will actually teach a course in it.

Yes, Jessa Duggar will teach young women how to "cover up" properly, despite the fact that she was a victim of Josh Duggar.

Jessa, seen representing her family's approved version of swimwear in the 2015 photo above, was molested by Josh as a child.

Michelle and Jim Bob: 2004

Homeschool teaching materials circulated by the Quiverfull movement and published in 2015 show that children are taught some disturbing things.

From a young age, they are led to believe that women are to blame for sexual assaults if they dress in what leaders consider a provocative fashion.

Back in 2013, Michelle Duggar revealed that she designed the family's very specific dress code (floor-length denim skirts, atrocious hair).

She said she made this decision and implemented it after receiving a message from God shortly after marrying Jim Bob.

"After I was born again and became a Christian, I really began to cover up," Michelle wrote in a blog post on her website.

"I felt like the Lord was saying to me, you know what, you probably shouldn't be wearing that," she continued.

Jinger Duggar Shorts

If you feel "it's a little bit low cut, or a little bit too high, you know," Michelle says, then it probably is, and you shouldn't wear it.

Yes, the family has some very strange and very strong beliefs when it comes to attire, though the times may finally be changing.

Well, a little.

Fortunately, there are indications that not all of Michelle's daughters share her incredibly old fashioned ideas regarding clothing.

Last month, Jinger Duggar was photographed wearing shorts (see photo above) in bold defiance of her mother's dress code.

It's not much, but she's always been known as something of a rebel, and anything is a bare-legged step in the right direction.

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Michelle Duggar Quotes

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