Jessa Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame hinted about having sexual relations with her husband Ben Seewald during a recent radio interview. And while that doesn't sound the least bit unusual when referring to most newlywed couples, when it comes to the offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, this kind of talk is highly unusual.
It's important to remember that the Duggar family has a hard and fast set of rules with regard to courtship. Duggars don't date--they court. And within the boundaries (set forth by 19 Kids and Counting patriarch Jim Bob Duggar), are very strict limits about physical contact between the two courting figures. For example, until one is married, no 'frontal hugs' are allowed. Side hugs are the closest form of physical contact allowed. They also wait until marriage to share that first romantic kiss.
"We're definitely in love, and well on our way in this newlywed life,” Jessa Duggar said in a recent interview withMemphis' FM 100. "And we're just loving it."
"I think we're past the side hugs," she added.
— FM100 Memphis (@FM100Memphis) March 13, 2015
This is as close to hinting about sex as Jessa Duggar--or any of the other Duggar siblings--has probably ever come, at least in public.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are likely cringing from embarrassment. Has Jessa Duggar now shamed her family?
All kidding aside, this strict Christian family seems to function nicely in light of their rules of courtship. Of course eldest sister Jana Duggar is presently rethinking the house rules, and is even considering not just leaving the family's reality show, but maybe even leaving home and going to college. That's something else that Duggar daughters don't do. No, they're not denied an education, but are expected to live at home while getting one.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have sparked all sorts of rumors since their marriage about Jessa being pregnant. That doesn't seem to be the case thus far, but if they are truly having sex (as most married couples are--and as Jessa Duggar hinted about in her radio interview) then perhaps word of a pregnancy will hit the media soon.
Jessa's sister Jill Duggar Dillard is expecting her first baby with hubby Derick Dillard (the two were married in June) very soon.
The public is no doubt happy to learn that Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are enjoying more than side hugs within the confines of their marriage. Perhaps Jessa's hint about sex will show the outside world that the Duggar family isn't that bizarre after all.
Or are they?