Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jana Debunks a Media Myth


"I don't only cook and take care of babies. Surprise!" (Jana Duggar)

Tonight on Counting On (9 pm ET/8pm CT on TLC), get up close and personal with Jana Duggar, as she and brother Joseph Duggar help Jessa and Ben Seewald with a lighting project.

Jana also debunks the media myth which claims that she spends her days doing household chores. Stay tuned for another video featuring Jana, to be posted later today.




Photo/video courtesy of TLC/PEOPLE Magazine

74 comments:

  1. Aww, I'm so happy she addressed that directly! Also seeing her happy, radiant and expressing her own opinions lately has been so wonderful. Warm greetings to her. (I'm a fellow big sister from a (non-American) fundie family, in my thirties now with a family of my own. Not a fundie myself but a charismatic Christian nevertheless, committed to serving the Christ and my neoghbors. My childhood family has gone through a lot too, similar to Duggars and sadly worse, so I feel like I can relate to the Duggar siblings in a lot of ways.) Blessing to them, and fellow-fans.

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    1. What does the word "fundie" mean? The word bugs me when I see it.

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    2. It refers to being a "fundamentalist" Christian

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    3. Fundie means Fundamentalist.

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    4. It means fundamental.

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    5. fundamental/conservative christian values. it's not derogatory, or at least not meant to be i don't think.

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    6. I think she means fundamental (conservative) Christian. And yes, that's annoying.

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    7. I would imagine it means fundamentalist as in fundamentalist Christian.

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    8. Fundamentalist Christian is what I assume. Strict rules in following the Bible and biblical principles.

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    9. Fundamentalist Christian- I understand it as a Christian that believes in the Virgin birth, Jesus the only way for salvation, The body and Spirit resurrection of Jesus, the Bible is in the absolute word of God. ( usually KJV) those are the main things I think. :)

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    10. A fundamentalist Christians, but I don't agree with it. :)

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    11. I believe she is referring to fundamentalist Christian family.?

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    12. Fundamental

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    13. It mean Fundamental Christian. It is a type of Christianity. It is often used in derogatory ways. But the poster did not mean it that way.

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    14. Fundamentalist

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    15. Fundamentalist

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    16. Fundamentalist...not usually one to be swayed by the views and ways of the general population.

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    17. Fundamentalist, usually Christian fundamentalist.

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    18. short for "fundamentalist"

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    19. Actually, Christian fundamentalism is a conservative Christian movement that believes that the Bible should be taken literally and is not open to interpretation.

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  2. We Love you Jana Duggar from South Florida!!

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  3. Yay. Can't wait for tonight's show. I know Jana loves cooking. She also love her siblings and being with them.

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  4. All of the duggars are a lot more intensely multiply talented than the critics ever give them credit for.

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  5. Thanks heavens she has finally explained that she is not Cinderella!

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  6. She is so beautiful! That smile just lights up the screen. She loves, what she is doing, and it shows. The media loves to make her into a Cinderella, but she doesn't appear to feel that way.

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  7. Jana is so adorable, but yet beautiful.... she's a special girl, i hope she gets one awesome guy!

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  8. Love that there's so much focus on Jana and her qualities in these videos!! I also really like the feel of the new show.

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  9. I wouldn't speak to the prejudices of the group that only sees believers in a certain light; I homeschooled my sons, and they all learned other stuff. For one thing, for a while I had to work outside of our home, and my second son (at age 12) took care of his little brothers and made sure dinner got started, before my husband got home. Also, it is truly disrespectful of women or anyone who stays home, to say that is a brainless job. If you are a nitwit, you will have a very difficult time running a modern household, since so much of that is also done online these days, especially banking and filling out your taxes. For quite another, if anyone of these prejudiced people would look up Proverbs 31, they would see how much work is expected from women in the Bible; no one says it is a free ride. Obviously we have to develop our brains and compete in this world. Duh.

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    1. Beautiful, and spot on. Thanks.

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    2. The Proverbs 31 woman had a job outside of her home. She bought land with her own earnings. She bought/sold in the market place. She was a business woman in her own right--seperated from her husband. To many Christians--women in particular--have misinterpreted this passage. It's not God saying women are to only be stay at home wives and mothers as they proclaim. The Proverbs 31 woman was highly accomplished in more than housework.

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    3. I don't think most folks think running a household is a brainless job. From experience, I certainly know better than that. What I find disturbing about the Duggar message is that this is the only path for a woman to take and if you don't find a husband, you are expected to stay under the authority of your father indefinitely. Having a faith and convictions are wonderful, but if you can't trust your grown children to leave home and make their own decisions about their directions in life, this is not healthy.

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    4. Yes,I agree with you this is what I have trying to put into words.

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  10. I suppose you can interpret "usefulness" and "work" as "oppression", but not all of us see it that way. Some among us just want to interpret everything with a dark meaning behind it. It's a joy to take care of children, because you get so much from forming those little minds! No matter what else you do with your mind, housework just has to be done; someone needs to do it. Children need to be cared for. Just part of life. Weird how some people view the world. Sad.

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    1. So true. What a tragedy that so many younger people have no idea what an honor and a joy it is to care for your very own children and husband.
      My kids are young adults now, and they are endlessly generous in helping us old parents when we need anything - son in law brings his tools and fixes broken this and that, daughter makes extra food and delivers us little meals now and then- just because she loves us! "Look Mom! I created this awesome stirfry and you guys just have to try it!" We're slowly going through boxes of old photos and it brings years to my eyes hearing how wonderful my kids' memories are of a very mundane childhood. All did chores, we played board and card games for fun, we hung out together most of the time because we were just so much fun.

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  11. So happy to hear from Jana, she has such a sweet personality. and I'm also really
    happy that they dealt with the Cinderella rumors.

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  12. I just love this! Jana is such a positive light and example.

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  13. Good for you Jana!

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  14. Jana has a such a beautiful smile and warm personality. Hoping only for the best for her.

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  15. Are you working outside the house as a doula or are you studying yet?

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  16. I don't know why people think it's their business what you do with your time but I have seen those accusations, especially from "In Touch Magazines". Whom I believe are a bunch of liars! What kind of people pay money to read their lies I have no idea. But I'm sure glad you straightened them out! God bless you Jana!

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  17. So very happy they are back on TV. I hope Josh and Anna write a book about their struggles to help others who have gone thru the same thing. Prayers for all of them often.

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  18. Jana is the most beautiful of all the Duggar girls. Praying for God to send her the perfect christian mate.

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  19. So happy y'all are coming back to TV. Sure have missed you.

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  20. Yay! Excited for tonight show!

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  21. I am very glad that TLC is making shows available. BUT, they are not in Canada unfortunately! Do you know if there are any plans to make available in Canada too in the near future?? I was sooo disappointed as is the only show I truely miss.

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  22. Way to go, Jana. You tell 'em!

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  23. She is amazing!She is going to find the perfect guy for her she is patient..It's very common for people to wait till their 30s now to get married and have kids which I think is smart.I did too young.It made things stressful!

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    1. I see your posts on here quite frequently. You are, indeed, a Duggar fan. It made me sad to say you had your children to young and has caused stress. im curious then why you are so supportive--excited--for the Duggar girls getting married and having children so young? Wouldn't you want them not to experience that stress as well? I hope things have become easier for you:)

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    2. Thanks for asking her that. I was wondering the same thing? Also, why are people determined she HAS to find a guy. What about a job she likes or college to go after a career of her choice. Jana seems very independent and I am sure she does not need a guy to define who she is or bring her happiness.

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  24. If you stay home you get told you're not doing enough outside the house. If you work outside the house you're not doing enough in the home. If you move away you're a rebel, if you stay home you're scared/sheltered. If you have kids young you're irresponsible and if you wait you're going to be a spinster. If you have a husband you're dependent on a man, if you don't you better find one......can anyone just be left alone to live how they choose?! She's an amazing woman and I wish I could spend a month learning from all of the Duggars. I am always amazed by their joy and their strong faith.

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    1. You've listed choices, which most women have. Jana & others like her do not have those, not without totally risking their relationship with their family.

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    2. I think the operative word is choice. I find it very odd that the unmarried adult Duggar children continue to live in their parents' home, sharing dormitory-style quarters with many younger siblings. This appears to be more of an expectation, not a true choice. This type of fundamentalism believes the father provides an umbrella of protection until the children find a spouse. (Then the woman is under the authority of the husband.) All of the activities they participate in are pre approved, and the focus for women is to find a husband and have a lot of children. A career would distract from what is considered their Godly duty. If it works for all of them, ok. But I am not convinced that any of them are truly making their own choices or that Jana in particular is a happy soul. I feel so sad for her.

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    3. I think you nailed it.

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    4. I totally agree. I love Jana. She is my favorite. I do feel like she is being short changed though on life.

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    5. She has plenty of money and could leave if she wanted. And if she lived her life based on her parents wishes then she would already be married...
      She could actually be happy doing what she does

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  25. I think people that don't like the Duggars targeted Jana because shes so sweet and quiet and were hoping she would be affected by what they said. Thankfully God is her strength. Also for those who bring up the fact that her sisters got married before her, since when do siblings fall in love in chronological order? We love the show, its so nice to see all of you again!

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    1. Her sisters getting married before her should be more proof to the haters that their parent don't control every aspect of their lives :)

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    2. I come from a family of 5 children and the oldest was the last to be married!

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  26. I am so proud of her ! :) She is a great example and proves that you don't have to be married to be happy ! It is okay to be an unmarried Christian young woman !

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    1. Do you think that all unmarried Christian women should hang around their parents' house doing chores until they get married? And then what do you think they should do? Can you think of what might be stopping Jana from doing anything else? Is that what God wants, for one person or persons to control another's life path?

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  27. To all those who say they feel "sad" for Jana..... I am way more sad for young, unmarried women who leave their father's homes and become pregnant, maybe have an abortion, have a child out of wedlock, contract an STD. Anyone who is thinking straight can see this is by far a worse option.

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    1. Oh my gosh!!! Why do people in these circles presume every unmarried girl living on her own is going to get pregnant and then follow that with an abortion?? I lived on my own for for many years after college--in the big city--and managed to stay a Christian and not get pregnant! In fact, there are thousands of us out there! We enjoy friendships and dating without becoming uncontrollable animals---One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control--not Daddy control.

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    2. It's 2016--is an unplanned pregnancy still cause to wear the Scarlet Letter? As a Christian I think their are a lot worse things. Denominations tearing each other apart over silly man-ideas for one...

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  28. I am forever stating this on other forums and ect...

    This is a free country and adults are allowed to live the way they want and no one can hold another person hostage.

    Jana is an adult if she was as miserable and unhappy as so many like to claim if she was treated like Cinderella and made to be everyone's slave another claim made by many in the media and their gossip following fans then she could leave at any time no one is forcing her against her will to stay and she makes her own money so again if she wanted to leave she could.
    People can't even be open to the idea that she might possibly be happy.
    People can't understand how anyone could actually be happy doing what she does,cooking and helping out with her family (not that that's all she ever does)

    Why is there way of life so bad? It's a lot how our parents and grandparents lived.
    Life was much simpler kids respected the adults, people in general had more morals,a man's word meant something.

    Kids spent their summer catching lightning bugs, playing in the rain and riding there bikes, unlike kids today that are entertained by a game system.
    Kids weren't nearly as confused and wasn't in need of being medicated just to tame there energy (after all they spent nearly their entire day playing a game system or watching tv)
    Families ate dinner together at the table after they prayed together
    Kids respected their elders unlike kids today that will not only curse their parents but other authority figures too.
    People talk as if the Duggars modest clothes is a bad thing but you didn't see many of our grandmother's dressing like the Kardashians either.

    People say the Duggar girls when grown will be a slave to their husbands and will be stuck raising their family.

    But if more men treated their wives like Jim Bob does then more women would be happy with family life devore rates would dramatically fall.

    Too often today kids spend more time in a day care facility than in there own home with their own parents.

    Why does many modern women of today refer to child bearing and raising your family as a sexist thing when being a mother and raising your own children is one of the most rewarding jobs not to mention one of the highest callings

    They don't call it the good ole days for nothing

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    1. The good old days were not always that good. Women who didn't have an education were often trapped in abusive situations without a means to support themselves or their children. People like to glorify what they think was an easier, gentler time but it's often just a delusion. Choices are always a better way. Progress is positive if done respectfully. Josh grew up extremely sheltered, but if a man/woman has it in their hearts to do wrong they will despite the era they live in. Thankfully we serve a redeeming God who can put anyone's life back on track--even in these days of turmoil.

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    2. Amen Anonymous at12:24!

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  29. Whether Jana feels oppressed or not I do not know. All I know is that she was asked a pretty stupid question. As if she is going to sit there and say anything against her father on television if she does indeed feel oppressed. I hope she (and all the other children) are able to make the life choices they personally choose and not those of their father.

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