‘Mother Of Dragons’ Sends A Powerful Message To Josh And Anna Duggar (IMAGE)

When news emerged that Evangelical-Christian Anna Duggar would be shouldering the blame for her husband’s philandering, one woman couldn’t keep quiet. Her message to the pair has now gone viral.

In recent months, Josh Duggar has been exposed as a child molester, a serial philanderer and a porn addict – and all the while he has been merrily preaching bilious judgements against LGBT people, women who seek birth control and anyone else outside his faith. In his own words, he is “the biggest hypocrite ever.”

Yet, instead of facing the consequences of his actions, his wife Anna will be shouldering much of the blame. Why? Because under Quiverfull rules of marriage, “she should have been more aware of the pressures Josh was under, of the issues he was facing, and how she could have better counseled him or helped him.”

Quiverfull is an ideology growing in popularity among Evangelical-Christians which enshrines the principle of patriarchal control into marriage vows. The man is the voice of God in the house. The wife’s duty is to submit to his authority. The outcome of course, is to subjugate women and girls.

But one Virginia mother responded to the couple with a promise. She would be raising her girls “Mother of Dragons” style, and if everyone else did the same, there would be no more tragedies like Anna Duggar. Jessica Kirkland made a Facebook post raising her concerns about Quiverfull’s impact, and her plea to raise women and girls to respect themselves. It went viral, gathering more than half a million shares.

She wrote:

“Anna Duggar was taught that her sole purpose in life, the most meaningful thing she could do, was to be chaste and proper, a devout wife, and a mother. Anna Duggar did that! Anna Duggar followed the rules that were imposed on her from the get-go,” she wrote. “While she was fulfilling her ‘duty’ of providing him with four children and raising them. She lived up to the standard that men set for her of being chaste and Godly and in return, the man who demanded this of her sought women who were the opposite. ‘Be this,’ they told her. She was. It wasn’t enough.”

“We HAVE to teach our daughters that they are not beholden to men like this. That they don’t have to marry a man their father deems ‘acceptable’ and then stay married to that man long, long after he proved himself UNACCEPTABLE,” Kirkland said. But it was the final line in that post that has inspired memes, hashtags, and hundreds and thousands of likes: “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”

Inspired by the message, men and women across the country were joining the #BreatheFire hashtag in support.

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Kirkland was stunned by the popularity of her statements and “tickled” by seeing the memes circulating social media. She told USA Today:

“I hope the message stands alone,”

“I want girls to know their worth and accept nothing less.”

Messages like Kirkland’s are vital in a nation which still bears some of the worst male-on-female violence statistics in the world. More than 18,000 American women were killed by their husbands and boyfriends in the last 12 years. This means that more women have been killed at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends since 9/11, than Americans died during 9/11 and in all terror attacks and wars since. It is the subjugation of women promoted by the likes of the Duggars that help sustain this horrific status quo. Thankfully, there are also millions who stand on the right side of history.

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