The Duggars want their husbands and fathers to be "Uncommen," but the reality of what that means is actually pretty typical for the family.
Jim Bob and Michelle are touting a new app put together by the Uncommen organization aiming to remind men how not to be jerks to their wives and kids.
"When men win, we don't have to build as many shelters for abandoned families, or pay the psychological and emotional toll for fatherless kids, or care for so many abused and neglected wives," the group claims on their website.
Jim Bob and Michelle even filmed a promo video for the group, perhaps hoping some of the tips would rub off on their son Josh, who is currently in a faith-based rehab center after admitting to molesting five girls, including his own sisters, and cheating on his wife Anna.
Sounds pretty good, right? Unfortunately, some of the advice may leave you with a raised eyebrow because of the implications of rigid gender roles — totally unsurprising for something the Duggars are involved in.
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Forget about equal pay. Give us waterproof mascara or give us death! We are emotional ticking time bombs ready to explode at any moment and we need to be saved!
Some of the commenters on the Duggar family blog had similar sentiments. One wrote, "The name UNCOMMEN implies most men are not good leaders, dads, and husbands. I disagree. It's more common to be a good parent/husband. The Duggars really need to learn their noses belong on their face, not other people's business." [sic]
Another: "I was actually quite offended by this. Perhaps this is more telling of Jim Bob's character than he's previously led on. The overwhelming majority of men are wonderful men, parents, and husbands, and for him to think differently explains a lot about what he truly feels in his heart. I'm saddened by this and I don't think I'm alone." [sic]
And yet another: "Wow — I'm dumb founded. Men need an app to make them good parents and husbands. Maybe Jim Bob is finally telling us that he was never a good father or husband. Because my husband doesn't need an app to tell him when to take pictures of our children or help them with their homework. Parenting is not the sole role of the mother, but maybe really feels this way. Are we finally seeing his true self." [sic]
Although this piece of advice is actually pretty great:
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