Another week, another Duggar controversy! On Friday, the TLC family took to Facebook to share a few seemingly innocent photos of Kendra Caldwell — their son Joseph‘s soon-to-be wife — for her birthday. Yet it didn’t take fans long to find something wrong with the post. The three images, which all included her fiancé, struck a nerve with some folks. “I was disappointed all the photos are her and Joseph, not even one of just her alone,” one commenter wrote. After all, it was her special day.
Happy Birthday, Kendra! You are such a precious young lady! We hope you have a great birthday!! 🎉🎉🎉
However, that wasn’t the only issue critics were quick to point out. The greeting, which was short and generic, described Kendra, 18, as a “precious young lady,” which left some people feeling like she was inferior. “This just adds a whole new level to the fact that the women in this cult are treated like the possessions of men.” Another chimed in, “It’s infantilizing, is what it is. Women and children get called ‘precious’ all the time – I can’t recall a single instance of someone in the Duggar family talking about a ‘precious young man.'”
Kendra and Joseph’s relationship has been controversial from the start. Back in May, the 22-year-old popped the question at his younger sister Joy-Anna Duggar’s wedding to her fiancé Austin Forsyth — stealing the spotlight from the bride. They had also only been courting for about six months before he got down on one knee. Although it was rumored the two have already gotten hitched, there’s no word yet on when they’ll tie the knot.
Counting On returns Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.
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