In case you haven’t heard, today women across the globe are baring their boobs (or rather, cleavage) to test the theory of Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedigh who has attributed the cause of recent earthquakes to the immodesty of women. The full quote via 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,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader
The idea of putting the cleric’s comments to the test was fist suggested by Purdue student and Blag Hag blogger Jennifer McCreight on April 19th, when Sedigh’s statements on immodesty first began their sweep across the media’s radars. McCreight wrote a blog post suggesting that women ban together on April 26th, show a little more skin than usual and see if the Earth quakes. She deemed her plan Boobquake and let the power of social networking do the rest. As of this posting there are over 55,000 “confirmed guests” for McCreight’s Boobquake Facebook event and #boobquake is a top Twitter trending topic in the United States.
McCreight has called her blog post and the subsequent Facebook event a “silly joke that I hurriedly fired off since I was about to miss the beginning of House.” However, the media buzz (check the list of interviews with McCreight on Blag Hag) is now international and the hype has only gotten more intense which makes us wonder if it really can be called a joke anymore (though the geological cleavage jokes are a bit tough to resist).
So do you think Boobquake is a legitimate stand against cleric Sedigh’s comments or are people taking it too seriously? Are you contributing to the “experiment” and wearing your lowest-cut shirt today?
Tell us your thoughts on Boobquake, post your comments below.