Raised to ‘Breathe Fire’

Headlines have been ablaze the past week with the news of Josh Duggar’s (19 Kids and Counting) cheating confession after it was discovered from a recent system hack that he had an Ashley Madison account. Although his wife, Anna Duggar, seems to be sticking by his side, a Georgia mom thinks she should do otherwise.

Jessica Kirkland, a mother of two daughters from Atlanta, took to Facebook to express her outrage over Anna Duggar’s decision to remain with her alleged unfaithful husband. According to UsWeekly, who provided the full post, Kirkland wrote that Anna Duggar is “in the worst position she could possibly be in right now,” because she “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 [Josh] because his family was famous in their religious circle.”

She went on to write in her August 20 post that Anna Duggar was taught only one thing growing up, and that was to be “chaste and proper, a devout wife, and a mother.” She fulfilled her duty, Kirkland said, but it apparently wasn’t enough for her unfaithful husband.

Further in her post, Kirkland offers that the blame for Anna’s current position rests on her parents for depriving her of an education and raising her in a religious environment that would place the blame for her failed marriage on her if the pair were to divorce. “Her parents have utterly, utterly failed her,” Kirkland wrote. “Think of this: somewhere, Anna Duggar is sitting in prayer, praying not for the strength to get out and stand on her own, but for the strength to stand by this man she is unfortunately married to. To lower herself so that he may rise up on her back.”

As Kirkland drew her post to a close, she called on Anna Duggar’s example to explain that it is the duty of all parents to empower their daughters to “command” the power they so deserve. She offered that parents should teach their daughters that they are “not beholden to men,” nor should they remain in a relationship with a man who has proven himself to be unworthy of their time, love and attention.

Extending one final plea, Kirkland wrote, “Please, instill your daughters with the resolve to make a man cower if he must.” Kirkland concluded her argument with a note on how she’s raising her own daughters, saying “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”

Thank you, Jessica Kirkland, for teaching us to be powerful women who fearlessly “breathe fire.” May that sentiment spread like wildfire.


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