Did Anna Duggar do something to incur the wrath of Michelle Duggar? Anna’s mother-in-law recently shared some sex advice for husbands and wives, and it’s possible that her words were aimed at Josh Duggar’s embattled wife. There are rumors that Anna wants to divorce her husband, so perhaps Michelle is trying to guilt Anna into changing her mind.
According to Radar Online, Michelle Duggar recently decided to update her blog by sharing a post titled “Michelle Duggar’s Advice for Newlyweds.” In the post, she shares some of her favorite marriage tips, including the advice that a friend gave her many years ago. This advice is to have sex with your husband whenever he demands it, no matter how tired or terrible you feel.
“Anyone can iron Jim Bob’s shirt, anybody can make lunch for him. He can get his lunch somewhere else,” Michelle’s friend told her. “But you are the only one who can meet that special need that he has in his life for intimacy.”
Michelle claims that “no one else in the world” can meet that need, but Anna Duggar’s husband proved otherwise when he cheated on his wife. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Josh Duggar used the Ashley Madison website and dating sites like OKCupid to look for women who were willing to “meet that special need.”
Anna Duggar’s mother-in-law continued her blog post by saying that simply having sex isn’t enough — you always have to act like you’re happy about it, even if you’re heavily pregnant and extremely worn out from chasing over a dozen kids around. However, it is okay to let your husband know that you’re only meeting his need because he wants you to — you just have to let him know this with a smile on your face.
“And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, ‘Yes, sweetie I am here for you,’ no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. ‘I’m still here for you and I’m going to meet that need because I know it’s a need for you.’ “
Michelle Duggar has shared these exact same words before — they’re from a 2014 TLC blog post that she seemingly copied and pasted onto her family’s website. The original post was a response to a fan question about what marriage advice Michelle would give her newlywed daughter, Jill. It’s possible that Anna Duggar’s mother-in-law has simply started moving some of her old posts to the Duggar Family website, which is where she and Jim Bob have been directing fans to go for updates on the Duggar clan. Perhaps they’re trying to get more eyeballs on the site because they’re trying to make a little extra cash from ad clicks.
Or maybe Radar Online is right to suggest that the timing of this blog re-post is suspect — perhaps Michelle re-posted that old marriage advice because she thinks that Anna failed Josh by not meeting his needs.
According to People, there’s some evidence that Duggar family members and other followers of their patriarchal brand of Christianity may feel that Anna Duggar is partially to blame for Josh’s cheating. Ronnie Floyd, a pastor at an Arkansas church that the Duggars occasionally attend, responded to Josh’s sex scandal by offering advice to husbands and wives who fear that their partners may be unfaithful. Floyd told his congregation that keeping a partner sexually satisfied is extremely important because the failure to do so could open a marriage “up to the attack of the enemy.”
“And that enemy is going to take your spouse away from you … Both men and woman have their sexual needs met by someone, somewhere, somehow.”
Words like this were seemingly swaying Anna Duggar toward staying with Josh in the weeks shortly after she learned about his extramarital activities. One source said that Anna was ready to “absorb some of the blame” for Josh’s actions, and that she wouldn’t even consider divorcing her husband. However, another source recently told Hollywood Life that Anna sees things a bit differently now. She’s so serious about divorce that Josh is “flipping out” and begging her to stay. Anna reportedly feels “disgusting” now that she knows more about what Josh was doing behind her back, and she’s starting to believe that divorce is the only option that she’ll be able to live with.
Josh’s attempt to fix things could just make them worse — he made it difficult for Anna to attempt to work things out with him by checking into the Reformers Unanimous faith-based treatment center. He’ll likely remain there for a few months, and he’s allowed very few phone calls and visitations.
Maybe Michelle is aware that Anna is contemplating a divorce, so she’s trying to help Josh out by putting a little guilt trip on Anna. If an extremely religious woman like Anna feels like she’s in any way at fault for her failing marriage, her faith may scare her into staying — she probably doesn’t want to risk putting her soul on the line, so she might see avoiding divorce as the safer option.
Do you think Michelle’s blog re-post was aimed at Anna Duggar, or did the former reality show star simply choose a bad time to start moving her old TLC blog posts to her family’s website?
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