Jill Duggar has been taking steps to separate herself from the constraints of her strict, conservative family. She and her husband, Derick Dillard, left Counting On back in 2017, and she’s been breaking barriers ever since. But her recent video reminds fans that she is still not as progressive as some would like to think.
Jill Duggar has defied her parents’ rules through the years
When Duggar and Dillard left Counting On back in 2017, fans thought it was because of some compromising tweets of Dillard’s. But it has since been learned that Dillard took his family off the show due to financial disagreements between him and Jim Bob Duggar. Now, Michelle and Jim Bob have a strained relationship with Duggar and Dillard.
Dillard has since revealed that he and Duggar need permission to visit her parents’ house. Still, Duggar appears to have a close relationship with her siblings.
Some think of Duggar as the most progressive family member
After Duggar and Dillard removed themselves from the show, they started doing things their own way. Duggar began wearing pants and cut off most of her hair. She has since been spotted in shorts and, though she wears modest swimwear, it’s tighter pants or a high swim skirt, rather than a long skirt that hides her curves.
Duggar took a big step when she announced in February that she had enrolled her older son, Israel, in public kindergarten. The Duggars were surrounded only by people who shared their same beliefs growing up, and fans were happy to see that Duggar would allow her son to be exposed to people of different cultures, values, and beliefs.
Her recent comments about an Easy Bake Oven remind fans she still believes in gender roles
Now that her husband and son are at school, Duggar has more time to herself. And she recently spent the day shopping with her cousin, Amy King; the two documented their time together on Instagram. But in one video, Duggar is at a thrift store looking at Easy Bake Ovens when she says she can’t buy one because she only has boys.
Viewers of the show, who have been rooting for Duggar’s progressive attitude, noted on Reddit that Duggar isn’t as changed as they’d like. “Cooking/baking is not gender specific,” one user posted to Reddit. “She’s still actively participating in regressive views about gender and sexuality of her own will,” another person commented.
Will Duggar ever completely change her beliefs?
Duggar and Dillard have certainly made strides to act differently than her parents, but their beliefs about gender roles were instilled in them from a very young age. While the couple’s exposure to the real world is certainly having a positive effect on the way they raise their children, it might not be enough to completely reverse those gender role beliefs.
Still, Duggar and Dillard have made a plenty of changes in their lives in only three years, so it’s hard to say where the two might stand in the next decade.