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What the Duggar?

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Duggar (i.e. Duggaring):
– verb
1. not having/wanting a boyfriend until ready for marriage
2. no kissing until marriage
3. and/or the act of fruitfully multiplying
Ex: She’s going to Duggar her way through high school per her parent’s wishes.
– noun
1. not having/wanting a boyfriend until ready for marriage
2. no kissing until marriage
3. and/or the act of fruitfully multiplying
Ex: Jane is such a Duggar! She doesn’t believe in dating–only courtship.
Note: Based on the satiric definition above, I would hope everyone realizes that I made said definition up. It in no way is meant to cast the Duggar’s in a bad light or condemn them for their beliefs (I TiVo the show and secretly wanted to be “one of them” when I was younger). This is simply based on my own observations, classroom discussions, and media response.
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I have Environmental Science first period. This equates to talking about things relating to the environment every morning, which, in turn, makes me think about Environmental Science for, at least, the required 45 minutes everyday.

One of our most recent sections dealt with the population crisis and how it affects us now, as well as future generations. Which made me think longer than 45 minutes.

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If you have no clue who the Duggar family is, we’re probably not friends. I use the word “Duggar” every time it applies to the situation because it encompasses so many aspects of conservatism and the baby craze that’s happening now. But if you’ve just been acting like you know who they are, I’ll lift the rock off you (because you’ve been living under one).

The Duggar’s are a large, pious family. By “large,” I mean they have 19 kids (and counting, hardy har har). By “pious,” I mean they are the personification of conservatism (conservative clothing, conservative political, social, and even economic beliefs). They star in their own television show on TLC, which is basically just a Q&A show, as there are so many people (myself included) who wonder how and why they do it. And by “it,” I mean all of it–the kids, the belief system, the finances (How can anyone afford 19 kids???). Oh, and there’s the part where they believe in the process of courtship (but only when ready for marriage), and no kissing until your wedding day. This is so, in their mind, you aren’t consumed with teenage hormones and focus your life on God until you’re mature enough to be ready for a family–because after the man courts the woman, marriage is almost always expected.

To most people in modern society, the Duggar’s lifestyle is archaic. To them, it’s obedient. They’ve completely devoted themselves to God, and if God “blesses” them with a bun in the oven of love, it’s because it was His plan.

Despite the questions, their show is incredibly popular, and whether they’ve noticed it or not, the Duggars basically began the modern revolution for huge families. Which takes me back to the environmental issue.
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Our world’s population growth has been at a steady incline for years, which has detrimental effects on the world. Overpopulation results in the depletion of oil, gas, food, land, species, air quality, overcrowding and wars. Basically, it’s not good. And it makes me concerned. If we’re already starting to become overpopulated, what will happen when the norm becomes 19 children? It’s a drastic leap, I know. But people basing their values on those who they see as famous and popular could lead to something just as bad. Everyone needs to take charge of their own life; form their own opinions. If you rep’ that Duggar lifestyle, awesome. But don’t do it because they are.

Make your own choices. You may just save the world.

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Sydney Schoen
Sydney Schoen, Co-editor in chief
Sydney is a third-year publications student and a co-editor in chief.  She describes herself as weird, unlucky, and believes she only has friends because of her brutally honest, yet hilarious stories. She hates socially awkward places and when people are Tyra Banks crazy. She adores B-rated documentaries, genuinely being someone’s Woman Crush Wednesday, and when people ask her to be in pictures. Sydney loves the era from 1964  to ‘74 for the civil revolution (because she ain’t no wifey) and is the reincarnation of a flower child.

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