When is the quiver full?

So, the Duggars of Arkansas have had their 17th child. I should correct that and say Michelle Duggar has given birth to her 17th child. It's a girl and they've named her Jennifer.

"We'd love to have more," Michelle Duggar said, adding that the girls are outnumbered seven to 10 in the family. "We love the ruffles and lace."


Because, of course, babies are cute and doll-like (oh wait, they're not, but they can be!).

I am certainly not anti-child. I know many wonderful children and rumor has it that I was once a child myself. But 17 children!! There's been a lot done on the whole "quiverfull" movement, so I will simply direct you here and there.

The CNN story gives some interesting stats about the family:

All of Jennifer's siblings also have names that start with J. They are: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable's Discovery Health Network.

Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the family has gone through about 90,000 diapers, and Michelle Duggar has been pregnant for 126 months -- or 10.5 years -- of her life.


(I like that fun facts is in scare quotes.)

Here are a couple more pieces of information from the Discovery Heath website:

The Duggars do approximately 200 loads of laundry each month.

The Duggars feed their entire brood for less than $2,000 per month.

The Duggars are debt free


Now, I appreciate that they are frugal and have managed - unlike the rest of us - to be debt free. I want to point to the shocking environmental impact that the family has. Even if those 90,000 diapers were cloth diapers, they still produced a lot of baby poop and had to do a lot of laundry (with hot water). If those were disposable diapers ... well, I'm just trying not to imagine it.

The other thing to note from the Discovery channel's website about the family is that each of the girls in the family has a future goal that involves a job that would take her outside of the home (at least for a while).

Update: evil fizz has a really good post about this at feministe.

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