Monday, April 26, 2010

The Blogosphere Is Abuzz Over Boobquake

From CBS News:

"A senior Iranian cleric's controversial theory that immodestly-dressed women can cause earthquakes is being put to the test, thanks to an Indiana student and 80,000 accomplices.

Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted in Iranian media last week as saying that "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."

Jennifer McCreight, a Purdue University senior majoring in genetics and evolution, told CBS Affiliate WLFI correspondent Niccole Caan she wanted to take a light-hearted approach to field testing the cleric's scientific theory.

She's asking women to dress immodestly on Monday, April 26, so that any discernable effects upon the Earth's tectonic plates can be traced.

"I want to do good science to counter the bad science this cleric had performed," she told WLFI. "I'm going to compare the frequency and severity of the earthquakes on the 26th to earthquakes previous to that, and see if there is a statistical difference."

She admitted her experiment, dubbed Boobquake, was "light-hearted mockery," but had no idea it would take off the way it has.

Thinking the Boobquake guest list would be limited to a small circle of friends, McCreight soon found news of the event, posted on a Facebook page devoted to Boobquake, had gone viral, with many willing to participate in the experiment.

By Friday, more than 80,000 women had signed up, adding even more heft to the scientific calculus.

McCreight did not dictate what to wear - only that women should dress as immodestly as they feel comfortable doing.

"I'm not forcing people to dress differently than they would be," McCreight told WLFI. "Even showing an ankle to some people would be immodest, so you can interpret that however you wish."

For the record, on Monday she wore a tank top."

As I was looking up stories about the protest that went on today, NBC Nightly News was on with a story about little girls in Afghanistan who were attacked last week by the Taliban simply for going to school. I really wonder how college students walking around with low cut tops in the U.S. help dispel the myths of a Muslim Pat Robertson. And why they wouldn't want to protest (while remaining clothed) the violence against these girls trying to receive an education, something they are free to do... even while being scantily clad.


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