Via, here.

Jen McCreight, a self-described atheist, feminist and geek “trapped in Indiana,” took issue with Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi’s message during Friday prayers in Tehran, the Iranian capital.

The hard-line cleric, who was standing in for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, said women who dress provocatively – thereby tempting men – are to blame for the world’s temblors…

McCreight, who is pursuing a double major in genetics and evolution, took to her blog, Blag Hag, on Monday, demanding that the world’s women band together in a scientific experiment to test the merits of Sadeghi’s hypothesis.

“Time for a Boobquake,” she wrote. “On Monday, April 26, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. … 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.”

She continued, “With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure [Sadeghi] can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble.”

What fun and can we make it a daily event?

Sadly, of course, it won\’t work, for Diocletian was right. It\’s Teh Gays which cause earthquakes, everybody knows that….

9 thoughts on “Boobquake!”

  1. The Pedant-General

    And if there is an earthquake tomorrow she’s going to look really very silly indeed.

    (Mind you, so will any self-respecting geologist or anyone with a passing aquantaince with any branch of rational thinking so she’ll be in good company)

  2. Pedant-General,
    There are several earthquakes every day somewhere in the world. The endeavour was doomed to failure from the start.

  3. Would also be nice to hear a lot of quintessential rock and roll song “Short shorts” while this experiment is conducted.It is a matter of lasting regret that the follow-up record ,”Leotards” is not better known.

  4. There are thousands of detected earthquakes on a daily basis. On the other hand, there are millions of immodestly dressed women.

    In the past, when fewer women dressed immodestly (there were fewer women for a start), there were fewer detected earthquakes. Irrationally ignoring improvements in seismic surveying tech, I hereby declare that there is at least a weak correlation and, as this is an economics blog, that is at least strong enough to allow someone plaudits from the ignorant for claiming causation.

    Of course, it could be the other way – earthquakes could cause subtle changes in the female brain chemistry? What about getting a bunch of students in one of those earthquake simulators and seeing if they start taking their clothes off?

  5. I wonder what caused all the seismic activity throughout the millions of years prior to the adoption of the micro-skirt and push-up bra.

  6. The experiment needs a control.

    For a week, all the worlds women should button up, and then let it all hang out the next week.

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