Jill Duggar Defies Jim Bob’s Rules, Has Secular “Movie Date” With Sons

One of the nice things that we can say about Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard is that they break Jim Bob’s rules.

Now, Jill is letting her sons watch a Christmas movie that’s about as secular as you can get while, you know, being about Christmas.

She’s having the “date night” with her sons while Derick is off studying for finals.

In a video that Jill Duggar shared with her fans, she has a “date night” with her boys.

“Getting ready to make some popcorn, yay!” Jill says in an attempt to drum up enthusiasm.

Neither Israel or Sam seep especially jazzed during the video.

They have pretty good excuses, though.

Israel apparently just awoke from a nap, so he seems a little out of it.

And Samuel is, um, a literal baby, just rolling around on the kitchen floor one a onesie. Like babies do.

Once Jill announces that they’ll be watching “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Israel seems interested.

In fact, he sounds downright impatient for the film to begin.

(Remember, children perceive time differently than adults do — a few minutes can stretch on for them but pass in the blink of an eye for us)

Jill tells him that they’ll make popcorn first.

Samuel seems pretty indifferent to all of it. But, again, he’s just a baby.

Israel Dillard on YouTube

Derick is not present in the video.

Jill explains that he is at a coffee shop studying for his exams.

Derick, as you may recall, is now a law student.

In addition to concerns about him possibly using his degree to become the opposite of a civil right’s attorney, fans note that this leaves Jill to parent alone for hours on end.

But hey, at least this way he’ll have a real job and he and Jill won’t need to beg fans for donations.

What was particularly interesting about this is Jill’s choice in a movie for her boys.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a CGI film named after the classic song by the same name.

According to Wikipedia, the premise is: “Young Mariah desperately wants a puppy for Christmas but her parents are not convinced that she should have one.”

The plot continues: “They agree to let Mariah dog-sit the puppy Jack and if she can take care of Jack then she can have a dog of her very own.”

None of that has anything directly to do with Jesus.

As we said, it’s about as secular as a movie about Christmas can be.

This flies in the face of Jim Bob’s mandate that his family not consume secular entertainment.

And, honestly, it’s a relief to a lot of fans who hope that the Duggar grandchildren will have a shot at a normal life.

Their parents never had a chance, but maybe they will — even if notorious transphobe Derick Dillard is their dad.

This isn’t the first time that Israel and Sam have gotten to enjoy something that wasn’t “on message.”

Jill and Derick have also allowed their chlldren to watch the popular cartoon, Peppa Pig.

Notably, Peppa has been controversial even in the secular world.

In Australia, an episode was pulled because the spider-friendly message that was important in the US and UK could be dangerous for Aussie children.

And China has banned certain videos of Peppa Pig on the grounds that the show’s imagery has been co-opted as a “gangster” symbol.

Still, the show is popular because it’s mostly wonderful for very young children to watch.

It’s great to see that Jill and Derick are opening up their kids to new experiences.

Having faith can be wonderful, but it is not a betrayal to enjoy media that is unrelated.

We will say that it’s kind of funny to watch people watching Christmas movies when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

Perhaps a lack of entertaining children’s movies about Thanksgiving is to blame.

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Support the Troops By Taking Selfies

For many people, one of the most infuriating things about the Duggar clan is their inability to practice what they preach.

They claim devotion to the teachings of Jesus, and yet they dedicate their days to amassing wealth.

They insist on privacy when it’s convenient, yet they’ve made careers out of sharing the details of their private lives on social media.

And, as many have pointed out in recent years, they talk a big game about their support for the US military, despite the fact that none of the Duggar men (and there are many) have ever served a day in the military.

Obviously, you can support the troops without having served in the armed forces, but some folks are accusing the Duggars of supporting the military only in a performative, insincere fashion.

Over the weekend, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard attended a fundraiser for veterans.

Jill posted the above pic, along with the very lengthy caption below:

“To all American military veterans and their families, THANK YOU, we love you and are supporting and praying for you!!! We were able to attend a veteran’s gala hosted by @getitatsamsnwa (thanks @davidlaningham & @sierrajodominguez for your help and @cldilla for watching the boys!)

“It was such a powerful night! Our returning military often fight their greatest battles after they return from the field and it’s our job as civilians to do whatever we can to raise awareness and reach out in support.

“There are so many organizations that help us do just that, one amazing one is the REBOOT Alliance!

“What are your favorite ways to support our troops and their families?

We probably don’t need to tell you that several folks answered that question with something along the lines of “by actually serving in the freaking military!”

The issue of why the family has no involvement with the US military despite their constant talk of supporting the troops is a common subject of inquiry on Duggar-themed message boards.

Responding to the question of whether a Duggar would ever enlist, one fan on the Free Jinger site responded:

“No, never. They’d have to interact with ‘commoners’ plus take orders from someone other than Daddy.”

Others pointed out that serving would put the Duggars in contact with folks who engage in such sinful activities as swearing, smoking, and drinking.

None of this is to say that Jill and Derick were wrong to pose for selfies at a swanky event designed to raise money for veterans.

It’s just odd that there are so many Duggars and none of them seem to have any interest in serving.

Maybe they should get over their fear of f-bombs and Marlboros so that they can serve their country.


Jill Duggar: I Love Derick Dillard More Than I Love Our Kids!

So Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard …

Things have been pretty weird for them lately, huh?

Well, they’ve been weird for years, but that’s just how things go in Duggar relationships.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that things have been different.

It all started several months ago when rumors began swirling that Derick was cheating on Jill.

The rumors started with anonymous claims about his unfaithfulness, then when Duggar fans and haters began to notice, that’s when things really started heating up.

And Jill and Derick haven’t done too much to fight those rumors — quite the opposite, actually.

A couple of months ago, Jill shared a photo of her bible, and everyone quickly noticed that she had an entire passage about adultery highlighted.

In the caption of that photo, she wrote that she was praying for Derick, which … not a great sign.

Last month, she shared another photo of more reading material — this time, she had a book about boundaries and creating them with toxic people in your life.

Interesting, right?

But now, in a brand new post, she’s changing her tune a bit.

And it sure is nauseating.

Along with the photo, she wrote a sickeningly sweet caption that she kicked off with a “man of my dreams” hashtag.

(Sad dreams, Jill, but OK.)

She then thanked him “for being my man and my best friend!”

“Love you!” she continued. “When I count my blessings, you’re at the top of my list!”

“So grateful to God for you!”

She wrapped things up with some kiss emojis and a “so in love” hashtag.

For one, it’s kind of strange that she straight up said that Derick is her number one blessing, huh?

Like, “sorry, Israel and Samuel, Mommy loves Daddy more than you.”

For two, pretty much no one was here for this silliness.

“In what universe does a girl/young woman ‘dream’ of marrying a lazy, bigoted, chronically unemployed grifter who drifts from job to job and resorts to GoFundMe scams to support her and her kids?” one of her followers asked.

Another person said that instead of being the man of her dreams, Derick is more likely “a man of your nightmares!”

“I am not really sure what you see in that man,” yet another doubtful fan wrote.

“He is soo full of himself!! The god I believe in would not hate or chastize a person for being gay or transgender.”

Other people pointed out that everything Jill said is really the kind of thing that would be much more meaningful if she actually said it to Derick instead of posting about it on social media.

Still others insisted that she’s just trying to talk him up because everyone hates him.

One of those people said that “Jill has to make him ‘look good,’ it’s a way of being in denial to herself that she is with the wrong person.”

“But she has no choice bc of her family and their values of marrying strangers and arranged at that.”

But whatever her motivations were for posting this, or however mistaken she may be, Derick is still into it.

“Aw, I’m blessed beyond measure by you babe, and I’ll love you forever,” he responded to Jill on Twitter.

“Thanks for being the best wife and mom to our boys! We all love you so much!”

The thing is that no matter what anybody thinks about any of this, and really no matter what Derick does, Jill is never going to leave him.

And how frustrating is that?


Jill Duggar: PROOF She and Her Family are Broke?!

OK, so we’ve definitely discussed the state of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s finances before.

Many, many times.

Nobody’s trying to be nosy — not any nosier than celebrity gossip tends to be, anyway — but they’ve brought the topic up themselves a lot over the past few years.

And it literally never goes over well.

The thing is that the Duggar family has money, and everybody knows it.

They’ve had their own reality show for the past 10 years — 17 Kids and Counting debuted on TLC in September of 2008.

It eventually became 18 Kids and Counting, then 19 Kids and Counting, but it was cancelled in 2015 after Josh’s molestation scandal.

By the end of that year, however, the first episode of their spin-off, Counting On, aired.

So it’s not like they were ever “out of work” for any real length of time.

Since the whole family has been on popular reality shows for ten years (and counting, get it?), they’re reasonably well off.

Like, they have about eight private planes.

They’re doing all right.

Still, Jill and Derick have gotten into a habit of asking fans for money.

And that’s just not a good look.

Time and time again, they’ve set up GoFundMe pages, asking for donations for their mission trips.

Whenever they got criticism for it — which was every single time they did it — they always defended themselves by saying that missionaries get donations, it’s just a thing that happens.

Which is true, sure, but missionaries are rarely also TV stars.

These days, their family is pretty settled in Arkansas, so they can’t really do such easy money grabs anymore.

… Or can they?!

Alyssa Bates from Bringing Up Bates, that show that’s basically 19 Kids and Counting with a different family, posted a giveaway on her Instagram account on Friday.

The rules of the giveaway were to follow her and then tag three people in the comments.

From those entries, she’d pick 28 people to win a gift card — $ 10 gift cards to Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, and $ 10 iTunes gift cards.

As she explained in the caption on her post, this is just a way for her to “show my appreciation to you guys for your constant love and support.”

You can already see where this is headed, can’t you?

Jill actually entered the giveaway.

She was already following Alyssa, since the Bates and the Duggars are friends.

But she tagged two of her sisters, Jessa and Jinger, as well as her sister-in-law, Anna.

“Hey biz!” she added, using a nickname for Alyssa. “Super nice of you!”

And it’s all just kind of odd.

The giveaway was obviously intended for fans, as most giveaways are.

Surely the vast majority of her followers who have entered it are fans of the show who would appreciate a little treat like this.

Not, you know, people who have been famous for a decade.

Yes, she was fired from the family’s show after Derick’s super weird rants about Jazz Jennings and transgender people in general.

And sure, Derick doesn’t have a job right now, and she’s staying home with the kids while he goes to law school.

But still, the Duggars were able to afford raising 19 children.

And on top of that, they’ve likely dropped a few million dollars just on private planes.

Can Jim Bob really not throw Jill some cash if she wants some Starbucks money that bad?

It’s weird to say, but we kind of hope that Jill just doesn’t understand that this is tacky.

After all, that’s still better than her just being that broke.


Jill Duggar: Did She Just Confirm That Derick Dillard Is Cheating?!

The past year has not been particularly kind to Jill Duggar.

It all started back in November of 2017, when Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On.

Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, which unfortunately left the couple with two kids to raise and no source of income.

One would think that after such a precipitous fall from grace, Derick would be forever on his best behavior, but thus far that hasn’t been the case.

These days, Derick is in law school and taking steps toward once again supporting his wife and kids, but the months since his termination have been tumultuous for reasons that go far beyond financial instability.

Derick has been accused of cheating on Jill, and the fact that neither party has addressed those rumors has only added to the public scrutiny of their relationship.

Earlier this week, Jill posted the photo below, which shows her reading a self-help book entitled Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

“Reading a little during bath time. lol #momlife #orangebathwater #boundariesbook,” Jill captioned the pic.

As In Touch Weekly points out, many of Jill’s followers commented that they had also enjoyed the book and found it especially helpful for mending fractured relationships.

“Very good for dealing with toxic family members or friends!” wrote one such fan.

Others noted that Jill could very much benefit from the lessons about independence, and Derick often seems to treat her as his doormat, even going so far as to make Jill attend his law school lectures to assist in taking notes.

“A great time to say ‘no’ is going to your husband’s school. That is a good boundary to work on, Jill,” commented one follower.

“Her father controlled her life until she married her husband,” added another fan.

“She NEEDS to read this book.”

As many others pointed out, this is not the first time that Jill has used her Instagram page and her choice of reading materials to throw subtle shade at her controversial husband.

Jill recently posted a photo of her Bible, in which the section about adultery has been highlighted in its entirety.

Like we said, neither Jill or Derick has confirmed or denied that Derick was busted cheating recently — and in all likelihood, they never will.

But that doesn’t Jill is above throwing a little shade with her Instagram posts.


Jill Duggar: Derick Dillard Doesn’t Have a Job and He Kind of Sucks, But I Still Love Him!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, what a couple, right?

And we don’t mean that in a good way.

Jill’s all right for the most part, we guess, but Derick … that’s where the trouble lies.

Because Derick is the worst.

He’s homophobic, and he also has a bizarre, disturbing fascination with Jazz Jennings, a lovely child with her own TLC show who also happens to be transgender.

At this point, we can’t even count how many times he’s talked about Jazz — who, again, is a child — in cruel, hateful ways.

He got so obsessed with insulting her that TLC fired him and Jill from Counting On last year.

And yes, Derick will swear up and down that they weren’t fired, he just decided their family needed to quit the show, but … come on.

If all of that wasn’t enough to prove his awfulness, he also attacked survivors of the Parkland school shooting more than once, because they were a little too liberal for his taste.

That’s what his problem boils down to, essentially: he’s extremely conservative, but in the dumbest, most offensive way possible.

Another thing about Derick is that he doesn’t seem to work, but whenever anyone brings it up, he’s quick to tell everyone that he has a job, thank you very much.

Except he’ll never say exactly what that job is.

A funny thing happened last month, though, and that funny thing is that Derick began attending law school.

He seems to be really into the whole thing, which is good — if he ends up being a lawyer, he could probably stop asking Duggar fans for money.

But in a new post she made on Instagram, Jill is still acting like he has a job.

Let it go already, guys.

Along with the above photo, she wrote “Love this man! He gets up early to head out before traffic gets bad, works all day, then comes home after most people and puts more energy to invest in our boys and me!”

“You’re still my fave!”

She added nauseating hashtags like “forever mine,” “man of my dreams,” “you’ve got my heart,” and “I’m so in love,” and “grateful wifey,” because she loves him, OK?

Here’s the problem.

They’ve both been so weird for so long about Derick working, and so defensive whenever anyone says he’s unemployed.

If he stays home to take care of the kids, that’s fine, you know? If they’re living off Duggar money, it’s all right.

But even though Derick is in law school, and even though he’s flat out said that these days, he’s either sleeping, in class, or in his school’s library, Jill’s still going on about how he “works all day.”

Yeah, law school is hard work, we imagine, but we all know what’s happening here.

And her Instagram follwers were quick to call her out.

Several of them asked if he was working, and one straight out told her “He doesn’t work though.”

“Full time college is not a job!” another explained. “Does it pay him? No.”

“His ‘job’ is law school,” someone else wrote, “and their only source of income is the excessive **link in bio** posts. He’s not remarkable in the slightest.”

For another explanation, one person theorized that “Jill uses ‘working’ to describe anytime Derick steps over the threshold into the world.”

Hilariously, another of Jill’s followers said that “She is so desperate for him to look good, you’d think he discovered penicillin.”

Like we said, it’s great that Derick is setting himself up for a good career by going to law school, and we’re sure it is hard work.

But why is it so insanely difficult for anyone in this family to admit that the man is unemployed?


Derick Dillard Makes Jill Duggar Sit Through Law School Class, Calls It a Date

Most people have been on a horrendous date or two in their lives.

Maybe the guy conveniently left his wallet at home, or you made reservations at a steakhouse before finding out your date’s a vegetarian.

But no matter how many boring or awkward nights you’ve been forced to endure, you can probably say that no one ever forced you to find a babysitter just so you can sit next to them during a class or tort reform or some similarly boring BS.

The photo above was posted on Derick Dillard’s Instagram page on Wednesday.

He captioned the pic:

“Glad my favorite study buddy @jillmdillard was able to come to class yesterday! You’ve gotta find alone time (no kids) whenever you can! Thanks @jessaseewald for babysitting!”

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family


Yes, Derick Dillard is in law school these days, and since men of the Duggar clan don’t do anything without the help of their women, he apparently brings Jill to class with him.

Because every harried stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids dreams of getting a night off so that she can sit there and take notes for her husband.

Commenters on the pic were understandably curious as to why in the hell Derick would drag Jill along on such an incredibly lame “date.”

The most likely answer, of course, is that Jesus instructed him to bore the hell out of his wife.

As you may recall Derick has claimed that God wants him to go to law school.

Presumably, this is so that he can fight for school children to be taught that the Earth is 6,000 years old and Jesus invented the AR-15 while feeding his brontosaurus.

Anyway, Duggar men are taught from a young age that God wants them to be obscenely wealthy and if they’re faithful enough, he’ll set them on the path to fame and fortune.

(Kind of goes against the many passages in the Bible in which Jesus condemns those who amass large amounts of wealth, but that’s a conversation for another time.)

Conversely, Duggar women are told that their role in life is to be submissive and do as they’re told.

Their purpose on this planet, according to the Duggars’ brand of fundamentalism, is to help their husbands get rich.

And so, if Derick wants Jill to help him take notes in class, she would likely see that as her divinely-ordained duty.

So we guess that her date nights will look a lot like this for the next few years.

Hopefully, she’ll be able to hold onto that fake smile.


Jill Duggar Announces Birth of Another Family Baby!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are already parents to Israel and Samuel, and have taught their boys all about “God’s plan for sex” using a hate-filled children’s book.

It turns out that this fundamentalist take on sex education came just in time, because the Dillard family had another baby on the way.

Now, Jill has gleefully announced, the new baby has been born.

“So excited for another Dillard baby!! …” Jill wrote on Instagram beside a black-and-white photo of the newborn.

The baby, of course, is not hers.

Jill’s post continued: “Congrats @deena.dillard and @justdand.”

Those are Denna and Dan Dillard, her in-laws through her husband, Derick.

She also shared her nephew’s name, writing: “We can’t wait to meet baby Jax!”

Jill concluded her congratulatory post with the hashtags: “#firstDillardcousin #jaxonmichaeldillard”

Jax Dillard Black and White baby Pic

Jax’s mom also had some happy words to share.

“We are so excited to introduce Jaxon Michael Dillard to the world,” Deena writes on Instagram.

“He came at 9:11pm on Sept 5th,” Deena shares. “He weighs 6lbs 7oz and is 19 inches long.”

“He’s absolutely perfect in every way,” Deena gushes. Awww!

“During our skin to skin time,” Deena adds. “@justdand prayed the sweetest prayer of thanksgiving and blessing over our little family.”

“We are so grateful for God’s sweet blessing of Baby Jax,” Deena concludes.

Not content to write an Instagram post, Jill also took to her family blog to congratulate Deena and Dan.

“We are so excited for Dan and Deena (Derick’s brother and sister-in-law) on their new arrival!” Jill writes.

“Israel and Samuel are thrilled to have their first Dillard cousin,” Jill adds. “And we are so excited to have our first Dillard nephew!”

Jill reveals that they haven’t seen little Jax in person yet, but writes: “We all look forward to meeting him soon!”

“Y’all are such great parents already and we are so happy for you,” Jill writes to the new parents. “Welcome to this wonderful parenting journey!”

Jill and Derick and Deena and Dan are no strangers to congratulating each other.

“I would like to wish my sister-in-law @jillmdillard the happiest of birthdays!” Deena wrote on Jill’s birthday, back in May.

Though Derick’s bigoted attacks had gotten the couple in trouble, Deena sang Jill’s praises, writing: “She is a wonderful mother who loves Jesus so much!”

Deena even praised Jill and Derick’s missionary work, adding: “She’s even willing to raise her kiddos in the most challenging conditions in order to bring the Gospel to the nations.”

“We are blessed to know her,” Deena concluded at the time.

Derick and Jill are controversial, even compared to other Duggar family couples.

Their missionary work raised some eyebrows from fans who are concerned about their parenting — and from others who want to know why the couple is always begging fans for cash.

Derick’s transphobic attacks on fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings were not only despicable (what grown man tweets attacks on a teenage girl?), but ended the couple’s reality television career.

A lot of fans — even those who genuinely like Derick and Jill despite everything — aren’t confident that they know what they’re doing when it comes to raising children.

But it’s nice to see them celebrate a normal family milestone. They have their very first Dillard nibling! Maybe their kids will be close with Jax.


Jill Duggar Comes Clean: Here’s How I’ve Been Making Money Since Quitting Counting On!

Back in 2017, Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a bigoted tirade against a fellow TLC star on social media.

Shortly thereafter, his wife, Jill Duggar, quit the show, thus leaving the Dillard clan with no apparent source of income.

These days, Derick is planning to attend law school, but fans are understandably curious about how he and Jill plan to support their two sons while he begins the very lengthy process of becoming an attorney.

Now, it looks as though we may have our answer.

Jump into the gallery below to learn the surprising secret behind Jill's financial comeback.

1. The Breadwinner

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In many respects, Jill is as traditional as her fundamentalist parents. But in one important way, she’s very much a woman of the 21st century.

2. One Ugly Rant

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Last year, Derick was fired from Counting On after he launched an appalling tirade against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

3. The Victim

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Jazz is a transgender teen, and she became the surprise target of Derick’s wrath for reasons that remain a mystery.

4. The Subservient Wife

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Jill quit the show shortly after Derick was fired, seemingly as a show of support for her husband.

5. A Tight Spot

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The move left Jill and Derick without any visible means of support, and for months fans were baffled as to how the family was getting by.

6. Duggar Finances

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Sure, Jill’s parents are well-off, but they also have a LOT of kids to support. So how has Jill been supporting herself and her family this year?

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Jill Duggar Teaches Kids “God’s Plan For Sex” Education, Makes Derick Proud

Jill Duggar is under fire yet again, this time for teaching her young kids sex education, and for the material she’s chosen to do so.

Despite being fired from Counting On, Jill and husband Derick Dillard have stayed in the spotlight thanks to their social media presence.

Even Jim Bob wishes they wouldn’t.

The latest controversy involving the Family Dillard echoes, albeit less drastically, some of the views that led to TLC firing them.

As you can see below, Jill shared a picture on Instagram of the cover of a book that she’s reading to her two young children.

Her sons are 3 and 1, respectively.

Reading to little kids before they can fully comprehend the material is something we all do, but the book here is “The Story of Me.”

The Story of Me

This publication appears to be a sex-education book designed with young children in mind … and a very Duggar one at that.

“Want to teach your kids about the [birds] and the [bees] before someone else does, but you don’t know where to start?” Jill asks.

“Someone [told us] about these books (4 book set) and we love them! Learn more on our *resources page* on our website!” 

Naturally, Jill is shilling for the book as some kind of promotional endeavor, but for once, that’s not where some fans have a problem.

Story of Me

The cover, which boasts the fact that it’s a Christian Book Award winner, proclaims that it will teach us “God’s Design for Sex.” 

The book’s description: “It’s never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body.”

Nothing too polarizing there. But …

It also explains “why God designed it (your body) to be exactly the way it is.” A thinly-veiled dig at the transgender community?

Maybe not so veiled at all.

It discusses “the specialness of being made a boy or a girl” and “why God wants each baby to have a mommy and a daddy.”

Naturally, fans used to Derick’s social media rants against gay marriage and various transgender stars weren’t too surprised.

Derick has notably gone off on TLC’s Jazz Jennings, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, and the cast of Lost in Transition.

With this context, it’s no surprise that the couple’s surprising sex ed endeavors reopened old wounds with fresh criticism.

Hopefully, impressionable Israel and Sam get a lot out of the “proper names” and “realistic illustrations” of their anatomy.

It’s God’s design, after all.

The wisdom of teaching kids about intimacy at such a young age is debatable in and of itself, but these are the Dillards.

When it comes to indoctrinating the next transphobic and homophobic generation, you might as well start ‘em young?