Jill Duggar Wears Pants in Public For First Time EVER!

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The Duggar family has faced down just about every kind of scandal imaginable over the past few years, but we don't think anyone could've predicted their latest controversy.

It all started back in March of this year, when Jinger Duggar wore pants in a photo posted on her Instagram page.

Jinger Duggar: Ice Skating! In Pants!

If you're unfamiliar, or only passingly familiar with Jinger Duggar and her family, you might be wondering what the big deal is here.

The Duggars have strict rules about ... well, everything.

They're particularly uncompromising when it comes to their dress code, though, as women are encouraged to dress modestly.

That's as nicely as we can phrase it.

According to rules devised by parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, women are to wear long skirts or dresses at all times.

All times. Even when playing sports or engaging in more strenuous physical activity, this tradition is to be upheld at all costs.

So Jinger wearing shorts, pants, and above-the-knee skirts is more than just a fashion statement ... it's an act of rebellion.

Jinger Duggar in Ripped Jeans

Jim Bob and Michelle had no choice but to accept her decision, as once Duggar women are married off, they no longer control them.

That's not to say they're independent, not by a long shot. It's just their husbands, not their parents, who dictate the dress codes then.

Because Jeremy Vuolo - while certainly conservative - feels differently about the issue than Jim Bob, Jinger was "free" in that sense.

We assumed Jinger would be alone in having emancipating her legs from their floor-length denim shackles, though. No longer.

Now, as you can clearly see in the photo below, Jim Bob and Michelle's worst fears seem to be coming true before our eyes:

Yes, Jinger's older sister Jill is wearing pants, too.

Jill Duggar in Pants

Again, the decision to throw on a pair of pants might not seem like an earth-shattering act of defiance by most people's standards.

In fact, putting on pants one leg at a time is such a commonplace activity that it's become an idiomatic expression used to convey normalcy.

But imagine that feeling, imagine engaging in that activity, for the first time in your entire life as a 26-year-old, married mother of two.

As The Ashley's Reality Roundup points out, no one in the Duggar clan has been more devoted to the family's code of conduct than Jill.

As the first of her sisters to marry and start a family, Jill seemed to feel a responsibility to set an example and carry on her parents' ideals.

She's spoken proudly of her family's belief in "modest dress" and has gone to great pains to adhere to Jim Bob and Michelle's guidelines.

When Jill worked as a volunteer firefighter, she even went so far as to modify her uniform, altering the pants into a sort of flame-retardant skirt.

Derick Dillard and Jill Dillard

Technically, the Duggar women are within the parameters of the family dress code if they keep the area from their neck to their knees covered.

So as not to inspire impure thoughts from the men in their lives, or strange men not in their lives, they hold this tradition dear.

The floor-length skirt has long served as a symbol of female subservience and commitment to traditional gender roles for Jill and her sisters.

So opting for a pair of Levi's, while hardly the kind of act that inspires lustful thoughts, is a simple act that sends an unmistakable message.

Sources close to the family say Jim Bob has clashed with his sons-in-law over their more progressive views (relatively speaking) already.

That makes Jill's statement even more pointed.

Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard

It's hard not to interpret his second-eldest daughter's decision to wear pants as a sign that he's fighting a losing battle these days.

Jill was no doubt aware of how her latest pic would be interpreted before she posted it, which is why Jim Bob's many detractors love it.

Singing her praises as they frequently have when Jinger posts a fashion-forward Instagram shot, Duggar Nation can't get enough of this.

Like taking a knee before a football game, sometimes a move as simple as wearing a pair of pants can serve as a powerful act of protest.

Of course, there are many other rules too ...

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