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One Christian woman is facing the wrath of the internet after posting the stringent rules for marriage that she and her husband embrace including no pornography and no being alone with members of the opposite sex.
TikToker Bailey McPherson posted a video to the platform on Saturday titled, “Rules my husband and I have for our marriage that make people ANGRY.”
The clip has been watched over 2.5 million times and viewers were indeed angry about McPherson’s rules– so much so that she eventually disabled the comments on her video, according to the Independent.
The TikToker’s rules include “No friends of the opposite sex,” “No works gfs/bfs or being alone with the opposite sex” and “No texting the opposite sex without the other knowing.”
@bmcpherPart 1? 🤣🤷♀️ ##marriage ##marriagerules ##husbandandwife ##christianmarriage ##momsoftiktok♬ BUNNY IS QUEEN – Bunny Barbie🐰
The video is hashtagged “#christianmarriage,” “#marriagerules,” and “#momsoftiktok.”
A few comments were recorded by the Independent before comments were disabled, including one that said, “Tell me you don’t trust your partner without telling me you don’t trust your partner.”
One person called McPherson’s rules “absolutely insane,” while another attributed the rules to insecurities.
One user, however, requested a second video to follow up the first one on marriage rules, saying they agreed with McPherson.
@bmcpherReply to @jmh.816 ask and you shall receive🤭 ##marriage ##marriagerules ##husbandandwife ##christianmarriage♬ BUNNY IS QUEEN – Bunny Barbie🐰
“And that ladies and gentlemen is respecting your partner,” someone else wrote.
The rules in the TikToker’s second video include, “No lusting after others (no following scandalous pages),” “No porn,” and “Always put each other first (even over parents).”
McPherson and her husband Zac are based in California and have been married since 2018 with a one-year-old daughter named Noah Layne.
When the TikToker disabled comments on her videos, haters continued to express their distaste by commenting on other videos on McPherson’s account.
“Lmao, the fact you think these rules will keep a person faithful shows how delusional you are. A person will do what they want to do,” one person wrote on a video unrelated to McPherson’s initial ‘rules’ video, according to the New York Post.
@bmcpherReply to @lindseymethner at the end of the day, I don’t expect non-Christians to understand Christian marriages🤷♀️ ##christianmarriage ##mukbang ##fyp♬ original sound – Bailey
The wife and mother responded to the backlash in another video posted Tuesday. In the caption, she wrote that, “at the end of the day, I don’t expect non-Christians to understand Christian marriage.”
“So it’s not a lack of trust thing so much as it’s just a boundary of respect that we both feel is right for us, because I personally feel like as a married woman, I have no need for a companionship with another man that I cannot get with my husband. My husband has no need for a companionship with another woman that he cannot get from his wife,” McPherson stated.
“And I personally feel like if you do need those companionships, specifically with the opposite sex, that you cannot somehow get from your spouse or those of the same sex, then that’s a problem,” the TikToker continued.
McPherson called out the many comments that called her boundaries “red flags,” saying that for her and her husband, it would be a red flag if their partner “could not respect said boundaries.”
In another video, she maintained that eliminating pornography leads to “stronger intimacy in partnerships,” “healthier body image” and “better emotional health.”
McPherson is not the only Christian woman to employ boundaries in her relationship that seem strict or overbearing to those on the outside.
Former Second Lady Karen Pence revealed in 2017 that she and her husband, then-Vice President Mike Pence, also practiced a Christian marriage. For the Pences, that meant no dining alone with the opposite sex when their spouse is not present.
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