Hooray! Hooray! Why do I feel the need to yell hooray every time there are boobs around? And why do some people seem to think they cause earthquakes?
Getting back onto semi-serious topics, you may have already heard of the “boobquake” a skeptical, pro-science, anti-nonsense spoof of an event that demonstrated that boobs are not actually an effective way of triggering seismic activity.
It was one of those rare events (which maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to trigger) that brought an otherwise relatively obscure blogger to fame overnight. Jennifer McCreight described herself as a “geeky, perverted atheist feminist” putting her D-cup breasts where her mouth is.” What she was doing to be precise, was wearing some low cut clothing to show off her boobs for a day and encouraging others to. The suggestion spawned a Facebook group and drew tens of thousands.
The event was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek jab at those who claim natural disasters are caused by god going after immoral humans. Apparently some believe god doesn’t have any “smartbombs” so when someone in a society does something he doesn’t like, he just sends a quake to hurt everyone and damn the collateral damage. Disasters being linked to immorality (or perceived immorality) is a claim commonly made by everyone from Pat Robertson to Jerry Faldwell. However, in this case, the boobquake was directed specifically at Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, who suggested that immodestly dressed women had triggered the wrath of god and thus recent earthquakes.
Many women who do not dress modestly…lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes
This Animation Shows how the hypothetical relationship might work:
There was a more serious side to the event. In addition to ridiculing the ridiculous notion that god hates boobs and their display makes him so angry he shakes the ground, the event served as a protest against oppression against women who dare to violate the tight taboos in many parts of the world. In many Islamic countries, shaking your boobs around could get you beheaded. Of course, choosing to not wear extremely conservative dress does not make a person immoral, although punishing someone for doing so certainly does.
Today there were a few minor tremors, as there are every day, but no major reports of earthquakes. Perhaps god is just waiting to unleash his vengeance.
My only complaint about the event: Low cut is fine and all, but wouldn’t it have been better if it were just plain out topless?
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