Anna Duggar is both being hated on and being supported in the wake of the whole ‘Josh Duggar on Ashley Madison list’ hullabaloo. But a mother from Ashburn, Jessica Kirkland, had it figured out: raise daughters “to think they breathe fire.”
On August 21, Kirkland had a very powerful Facebook post about Anna. It was so powerful that it has gone viral with more than 400,000 likes and more than 200,000 shares. Also the hashtag #breathefire is trending via Twitter. As of press time, Kirkland is in negotiations with a T-shirt company hoping to print ‘Breathe Fire’ T-shirts.
In her Facebook post, Kirkland brought attention to the fact that Anna’s “beliefs, the very thing she would turn to for comfort in this kind of crisis, are the VERY reason she is in this predicament in the first place.”
“How can she reconcile this? Her parents have utterly, utterly failed her,” Kirkland wrote. “Think of this: somewhere, Anna Duggar is sitting in prayer, praying not for the strength to get out and stand on her own, but for the strength to stand by this man she is unfortunately married to. To lower herself so that he may rise up on her back,” Kirkland further stated.
But it was the succeeding paragraph that got everybody. “As a mother of daughters, this makes me ill. Parents, WE MUST DO BETTER BY OUR DAUGHTERS. Boys, men, are born with power. Girls have to command it for themselves. They aren’t given it. They assume it and take it. But you have to teach them to do it, that they can do it. We HAVE to teach our daughters that they are not beholden to men like this.” And finally, her last sentence is immortalized: “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”
Speaking with 11Alive, Kirkland said she wrote her post “in a fit of anger.”
“I was angry at the situation that this woman has gotten herself into, through no fault of her own. She did exactly what she was told to do. I think that anger resonates with people,” Kirkland told 11 Alive.
She shared that she had even thought twice about posting it, saying “I had a moment of: is this going to step on people’s toes? Is this going to hurt feelings?” Nevertheless, at the end of the day, she is glad she did.
Read Kirkland’s whole post:
On Twitter, memes inspired by “breathe fire” are already trending. People using the hashtag do so in a vow to raise stronger and more independent daughters according to Distractify.
— Bucky Bolen (@buckybolen) August 24, 2015
— jp (@johna_picco) August 25, 2015