When a 16-year-old girl marries a 51-year-old man with her mother's blessing, you naturally might wonder what the fuck is wrong with that woman. Well, last night's episode of Couples Therapy gave everyone a chance to find out. Krista Stodden, Courtney's look alike mom, joined Dr. Jenn for a one-on-one therapy session to enlighten the marriage counselor on how the teenager came to present herself in such a hyper-sexual manner, and why she consented to the marriage in the first place.
But it's difficult to take Krista's words at face value. Unfortunately, living in the age of the "momager" (which Krista readily admits to being), one has to call her motives into question. Is she making decisions that are best for Courtney or best for Courtney's "career"? Why is she so permissive with the teenager? Is she trying to live vicariously through her daughter? (More on the twisted answer to that in a minute.)
Krista says that Courtney began dressing provocatively "around 11 or 12" when she wanted a pair of high heels. She allowed it and it just snowballed into exposed buttcheeks and clear bra straps. Krista figured that Courtney needed to just "express herself." On one hand, her take on her daughter's burgeoning libido—"I felt this is how God created her; he put these desires in her"—is refreshingly understanding. On the other, it seems like she opted to be the friend in this situation and not the parent by neglecting to give some kind of guidance in the incredibly murky area of adolescent sexuality. She admitted as much to Jezebel when she said that she had not had the sex talk "yet" with Courtney.