it's not about the three girls. If it was, I wouldn't care. It's about three grown women and the children they have or will have in the future. How these women handle their sexual abuse will directly impact how their children, boys and girls, view sexuality and how those children interpret the meaning of sexual abuse. It's about the real possibility that this sick cycle of predatory abuse within a family(and let's not forget the non-family member who was fondled) will continue. It's about lack of accountability. It's about boys learning girls `make them do bad stuff' because the girls `hug them and wear clothes that aren't modest.' It's about girls being taught by their mothers that if `you are inappropriately touched we have to figure out what you did that caused your brother/any male person' to lose control and touch you.' For the sons, it will be about these mothers sending them off to faith camp, supporting their transgressions as `males being tempted by their sisters flesh.' Expect the three women to have their own show, just as TLC eluded to after the initial scandal broke. This `special' will determine that. Based on how many fans and curiosity seekers turn in. TLC wants to make money, Joshua and his parents behavior be damned. The three women to make money. They could go some other route to tell their story. But TLC is there to enable their denials with big, fat checks.
I've never seen the show. The title alone is creepy to me. When I learned through magazines and social media who these people are and about their `women as baby factories' philosophy , I shook my head. When the mother was yammering on about how she wished she could always be pregnant, I cringed. Having 19 kids in this day and age isn't healthy. In the past, large families were needed because of high child mortality rates and the need for labor on farms and industry. The only excuse for having 19 kids and counting in modern society is to feed an out of control ego. It's like factory farming. But, instead of a stuffy concrete barn over-filled with chickens so desperate for living space they attack one another, we have a house crammed with 19 plus children all desperate to breath their own individual air. Even if they don't have the emotional tools to outwardly express their panic. Every one of those kids is going to be hurt in some deep, scarring way. By the parents, by each other, by a complete ignorance as to how the free world works should they make it out of their confines.
And the cycle continues.
AS it does in so many families not in the spotlight.