A Muslim cleric called Sedighi said this, April 19, 2010: “Many women who do not dress modestly… lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society which, [consequently], increases earthquakes.” And a US blogger called Jen McCreight has launched a Facebook campaign called Boobquake.
Jen McCreight wrote on her blog: “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,” she added.
The Facebook event has over 185,000 participants so far, with an additional group gaining 40,000 followers for the movement. Groups in both Washington and Vancouver are planning dedicated Boobquake events, with hundreds of women revealing as much as they dare while seismic readings are taken, in order to prove the cleric wrong, according to Metro (UK).
McCreight has admitted that she is surprised at the amount of support her campaign has gathered: “It started as a silly joke that I hurriedly fired off since I was about to miss the beginning of House,” McCreight wrote on her blog. I never thought it would get the attention it did.”
Followers of the Boobquake movement have been posting photos of their ‘assets’ to the Facebook page in a show of solidarity. Users can purchase a series of t-shirts to commemorate the day, proceeds of which will be donated to charity.
However, scientists as unfortunate as Sesame Street’s Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker would not hold the view that exposed flesh directly correlates with seismic activity, even if we look at the cleric’s wider view that it is a general societal decline that is to blame for recent tragedies in places such as Haiti.
This particular cleric would beg to differ of course, but is not alone in his view that human morality has a causal link to natural disasters. [BlagHag via Newser and 3News; photos via Metro (UK) and CoedMagazine]