These are desperate times within the Duggar family.
It’s been six weeks since Josh Duggar was arrested on child pornography charges, and insiders say most of his siblings are working together to present s united front against the media and the legal system that seeks to imprison Josh for his crimes.
But not everyone is on board with Jim Bob’s plan for preserving what little remains of the family’s good name.
In fact, at least one Duggar seems to be delighting in Josh’s downfall.
Earlier this month, Jill Duggar modeled swimsuits on her Instagram page.
This week, the mother of two is wearing short skirts in a series of sassy selfies.
That may not seem like a big deal, but this is the Duggar family we’re talking about
Jill and her sisters were taught from a young age that obedience and procreation are a woman’s sole reasons for being.
They were taught to dress “modestly” at all times, so as not to be a temptation to the men they encounter.
Most appalling of all is the fact that they were told that if they were ever to be sexually assaulted, it would be their fault for provoking their attacker.
Along with her sister Jessa, Jill was one of the girls who was molested by Josh as a child.
When news of the attacks went public, Jill and Jessa were forced to go on Fox News to defend Josh, telling host Megyn Kelly that they were unaware that they were being assaulted.
These days, Jill has cut ties with her family, and insiders say she hasn’t spoken to her parents in several months.
So she’s no longer bound by all of the asinine rules with which she was raised.
And when she poses in the sort of clothes that were off-limits to her during her upbringing, we can’t help but read it as Jill sending a powerful mesage to the people who raised her.
Jill has been making money from sponsored content deals for modeling clothing and swimwear.
So not only are the pics liberating in the sense they may help the 30-year-old distance herself from her ultra-strict upbringing, they also contribute to the financial independence that’s enabled Jill to strike out on her own.
Better yet, some of Jill’s latest looks come from the boutique owned by her cousin Amy Duggar.
Amy is the other black sheep of the family, and she recently stunned fans with her assertion that Jill is the only good Duggar.
“Hi guys, I’m here at my cousin Amy’s shop, and she pulled the most adorable things for me…” Jill captioned her most recent stylish selfies.
“This makes me happy when I see these colors right here,” Jill continued.
As with the last time she modeled swimwear, Jill seemed to delight in not only showing off the clothes, but explaining what it is that she likes about them.
Fashion is not an interest that Jill and her sisters were allowed to pursue growing up, and clearly, she’s making up for lost time.
And as much as she might delight in her assailant’s downfall, this is no doubt a very painful time for Jill.
For all of his appalling misconduct, Josh is still her brother, and she likely has mixed feelings about the prospect of him going to prison for 40 years.
While it’s been nearly two years since Jill cut ties with her family, she’ll likely be watching Josh’s trial with great interest.
And no matter what happens, we’re sure she’ll have few regrets about her decision to leave her abusive family behind and find her freedom,
To an outsider, Jill might just be trying on clothes in these photos — but to those in the know, she’s celebrating her liberation.