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Boobquake: Will You Participate?

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Boobquake: Will You Participate?
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You may remember hearing news of an Iranian cleric's, Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi, outrageous statement recently warning that women who dress immodestly can cause earthquakes.  Sadeghi was quoted as saying, "Many women who do not dress modestly...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes."  Women around the world have shared their responses to the ridiculousness of this statement, but one woman has decided to take action.

Jennifer McCreight, a 22-year-old Purdue University student, created a Facebook page devoted to something she calls "Boobquake".  McCreight has humorously declared Monday to be a day for women around the country to prove Sadeghi wrong.  She urges women to dress provocatively in an attempt to prove that "immodest" women can not cause an earthquake.  McCreight writes, "help fight supernatural thinking and the oppression of women, just by showing your cleavage."

McCreight has taken to her blog, Blag Hag along with Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about Boobquake.  As of Thursday there were more than 50,000 "confirmed guests" on the Facebook page. 

An article from CNN discusses some critics of McCreight that have voiced concern she is not taking the oppression of women seriously.  McCreight responds to the critics on her blog, she writes "It's not supposed to be serious activism that is going to revolutionize women's rights, but just a bit of fun juvenile humor.  I'm a firm believer that when someone says something so stupid and hateful, serious discourse isn't going to accomplish anything - sometimes lighthearted mockery is worthwhile."

What do you think of Jennifer McCreight's response to the Iranian cleric's statement?

Will you participate in "Boobquake" in order to prove women who dress provocatively do not cause earthquakes?

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  • sammyrox By sammyrox

    Well, all I can say is I hope there aren't any significant earthquakes tomorrow, or the suppression of Iranian women will likely be further justified by people silly enough to believe these stories.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly

    How 'bout that earthquake that happened that day in the China sea! Timing is they will have their theory "confirmed" ; )

  • Orchid25 By Orchid25

    I think it's funny. Although I don't believe it has or will ever cause an earthquake... I really don't want to see every woman walking around in barely any clothes. I see that enough already!

  • kay914 By kay914

    i wish our younger women would respect their bodies. i agree with the ridiculousness of the original statement, but degrading ourselves in the name of a cause backfires and further lowers the image of US woman. let's make our voices heard in a mature and serious manner.

  • idahospud By idahospud

    This is so stupid,I do not even have words.I think the Iranian cleric was smoking too much opium.

  • Foofie5 By Foofie5

    I think it is silly. Like above we do already have half dressed women walking around. No matter how you look you should be taken seriously.

  • Byteme By Byteme

    We are now in the year 2010 and I cannot believe my eyes and ears! It just amazes me that anyone could even believe such nonsense in the first place. Even more amazing is why anyone would feel so compelled to disprove it and create 'boobquake' .

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551

    I don't think that I would dress provocatively however, I know that she does have a point and that women has been treated unfairly and they have been accused for man indiscretions and the mistakes that men make. And I believe that it is about time that man take responsibilities for their own actions and stop believing that it is women who causes them to behave a certain way.

  • ponderingprincess By ponderingprincess

    wow all I can say is wow, no I won't be participating

  • Kaykay0711 By Kaykay0711

    It seems that the first part of his thought is at minimum, to be considered. (Sadeghi was quoted as saying, "Many women who do not dress modestly...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society) I can't say that I relate to the earthquake bit but at the same time, do we as women need to dress provocatively to prove a point? What point, exactly? I see the idea that this young woman is thinking she is promoting but the internet can be a big, scary place. I totally disagree and am thrilled that I don't have any young, impressionable daughters.

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