Read the Fiery Feminist Blog Post About Anna Duggar: 'We Have to Teach Our Daughters That They Are Not Beholden to Men'
Jessica Kirkland's Thursday Facebook post has been shared over 230,000 times
An Ashburn, Virginia, woman’s Facebook post about Anna Duggar and her religious upbringing is making waves online.
“Let’s talk about Anna,” wrote Jessica Kirkland in the Thursday post. “Let me tell you: Anna Duggar is in the worst position she could possibly be in right now. Anna Duggar was crippled by her parents by receiving no education, having no work experience (or life experience, for that matter) and then was shackled to this loser because his family was famous in their religious circle.”
Kirkland’s post – which currently has over 230,000 shares and nearly 430,000 likes – comes in the wake of the most recent Josh Duggar scandal, which erupted on Thursday when Josh issued a statement admitting that he had been unfaithful to his wife Anna and had an addiction to pornography.
“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,” Kirkland wrote. “Anna Duggar did that! Anna Duggar followed the rules that were imposed on her from the get-go and this is what she got in reward – a husband who she found out, in the span of 6 months, not only molested his own sisters, but was unfaithful to her in the most humiliating way possible. 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.”
Kirkland then delved into the predicament Anna finds herself in, writing that the mother of four “can’t divorce because the religious environment she was brought up would blame her and ostracize her for it.”
“Even if she would risk that, she has no education and no work experience to fall back on, so how does she support her kids?” she said. “From where could she summon the ability to turn her back on everything she ever held to be sacred and safe? Her beliefs, the very thing she would turn to for comfort in this kind of crisis, are the VERY REASON she is in this predicament in the first place. How can she reconcile this?”
Kirkland slammed Anna’s parents for “utterly” failing her and encouraged others to “do better by our daughters” and instill in them “the resolve to make a man cower if he must.”
“Boys, men, are born with power. Girls have to command it for themselves. They aren’t given it. They assume it and take it. But you have to teach them to do it, that they can do it,” she wrote. “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. Educate them. Empower them. Give them the tools they need to survive, on their own if they must.”
” ‘I don’t deserve this, and my children don’t deserve this.’ I wish someone had ever, just once, told Anna she was capable of this,” wrote Kirkland, before wrapping up the post with an empowering conclusion that has already inspired several memes on Twitter: “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”
Josh and Anna, both 27, married in 2008 and have four children together: Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 4, Marcus 2, and Meredith Grace, 1 month.
A source with ties to the family told PEOPLE last week that Anna would likely not leave Josh despite his infidelity.
Most recently, one of Anna’s brothers, Daniel Keller, came to his sister’s defense via Facebook, writing that he had offered to pay for her and the kids to move in with him but that she had refused.
“I won’t stop trying to get that pig out of our family,” Keller said.