So I haven’t yet posted about the viral awesomeness that is Boobquake. Jen M. McCreight from the BlagHag blog has started a protest movement called Boobquake 2010. Boobquake was created on April 19th – last Monday – and holy crap has a lot happened in a measly week. If you want to follow the entire hullabaloo, start reading Jen’s post “In the name of science, I offer my boobs”.
Boobquake started out as Jen’s off-the-cuff response to Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s comment in the Chicago Tribune:
Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”
Jen decided that this was a ridiculous postulate, and she asked her readers if they would join her in a bit of scientific study. People were invited to join the Boobquake facebook event, which she describes below:
On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it’ll be one involving plate tectonics.
Well, I’m all for a little activism and the scientific method, so today I sported my cute little on-the-town cleavage-showing t-shirt! This is a far cry from what I usually wear in the office, so I have been wearing a sweater most of the day, choosing the route of not flaunting my chest and politics in the work place. I may have to do a little grocery shopping this evening, though 🙂
Is that a flesh-induced EARTHQUAKE?
Nah…it’s just Boobquake 2010.
By the way, in the light of the OVERWHELMING response* to Boobquake, Jen has answered several concerns of the “experiment” being demeaning to women, and cries that it isn’t being rigorously controlled…to which the general reply has been, DUH! This is first and foremost a show of activism against the oppression of women, the criminalization of women’s bodies, and the unfortunate belief that following a certain moral code can affect plate tectonics.
By the way, there are T-Shirts! Purchase of t-shirts goes to benefit the Red Cross and the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation).