April 26th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Global 'Boobquake' effort to disprove Iranian cleric begins

Jen McCreight's proposed "Boobquake" experiment has events popping up all around the world.

The great experiment has begun.

"Boobquake," an event that became a viral hit online after a Purdue University student challenged an Iranian cleric’s assertion that scantily clad women cause earthquakes, is officially underway.

Jen McCreight, a self-described atheist, feminist and geek “trapped in Indiana,” who started the experiment, began her morning with a whole lot of press interviews Monday, but she also made sure she began the effort personally, posting her "boobquake" photo on her blog.

CNN reported about McCreight's proposed experiment after she took issue with the remark about women causing earthquakes and took to her blog.

Her response? Prove the cleric wrong with "Boobquake"–  a day when as many women as possible show their cleavage, dress scantily, and hope no earthquakes occur.

The day almost got off to a bad start - when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwain. But McCreight said that one doesn't really count since it occured outside her "Boobquake" time zone. Still she admitted the tremor was significant, but not really that unusual.

“On avg, 134 magnitude 6-6.9 earthquakes occur annually,” she posted on Twitter.

Then, she took to her blog to clarify.

“If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, we might start worshipping the power of immodesty," she wrote.

Despite the single event, lots of women appear to be on board - and from all over the world. More than 195,000 people signed up to "attend" the Facebook "boobquake" event.

There was even a cartoon drawn about it. And planned events are growing all over the world. A "boobquake" flash-mob is planned at Hyde Park Memorial Pool in Sydney, Australia, and people are gathering in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and in West Lafayette, Indiana (where McCreight is from and the "epicenter of the event.")

"Help fight supernatural thinking and the oppression of women, just by dressing immodestly on Monday, April 26th," the event page in D.C. says.

Even in places with no planned events, some women wanted to add their mark.

So they've begun uploading photos, changing their Facebook pictures, Twitter pictures and posting pictures to McCreight's blog and on the event's Facebook main page to show their support and their cleavage.

Not everyone is thrilled with the "Boobquake" idea - including Professor Golbarg Bashi an Iranian Studies professor at Rutgers University who has set up a "Brainquake" event to combat McCreight's idea with a non-sexual message that doesn't objectify women.

"Everyday women and young girls are forced to “show off cleavage” and more in order simply to be heard, to be seen, or to advance professionally," a note posted on the "Brainquake" event on Facebook said. "Let’s create a “Brainquake” and show off our resumes, CVs, honors, prizes, accomplishments (photo evidence) because the Hojatoleslam and the Islamic Republic of Iran are afraid of women’s abilities to push for change, to thrive despite gender apartheid."

Still McCreight is moving forward with her idea and says she'll continue to update her Twitter account and blog at the end of the day to share the success of the event, which perhaps ironically falls on the birthday of Charles Richter, the seismologist whose name is behind the Richter scale of determine the strength of earthquakes.

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  1. janice

    hoorah for you. these iraian clerics just go to prove that they are uneducated and goofy. do they really think that this omnipotant being we call god has nothing better to do with his/her time than to punish us? the god i believe in loves all people and gave us free will to choose. i feel sorry for those that push religion and not faith. they are two different thoughts. i can best say it this way.....GOD, please save me from your followers!!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Virginia

    I am an Eckist (www.eckankar.org); I believe in God. I am a scientist, and I see nothing in my education (B.S. and M.A.T.) or anything about science that contradicts my religion, nor vice versa. In fact, such books as _The Dancing Wu Li Masters_ shows how close some religious ideas are to Particle Physics or Physics of the Very Small.

    That said, I also participated in Boobquake. Freely. With the intent of showing the true physical influence of my physical breasts on the geological stresses of the Earth. Ms. McCreight said her goal was to see if any *UNUSUAL* seismic activity occurred, and she showed that it did not–that earthquakes that happened were well within expected activity levels.

    Yes, this was a preliminary study. To pin down the total implications, there have to be parameters and controls set up. For example, the coverage of exposed boobs in square meters of skin would be possible. How to measure that? Take a piece of plastic wrap and carefully and smoothly place it on exposed breast skin, then take a marker and draw the outline of the area exposed. Cut the marked-out area from the plastic and determine the area from that.

    You might also have to determine how long this skin was exposed. Some might have done it for several hours–like I did (corsets can get tiring to wear!)–while others did it all day in their favorite relaxing, form-fitting blouse.

    But if you talk about sheer numbers of people, even if a little boob was exposed on each one, then there was plenty of boob shown for the purposes, as evident from the pictures displayed. If a participant submitted a JPEG of themselves in Boobquake mode, then statistics that go with the picture can identify when the picture was taken.

    But for once in the history of Stupid Things Extremist Religious People Say (TM), a statement can be tested for validity. I think that the first Boobquake has gone a long way to show that this statement is not valid: Reductio Ad Absurdum.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
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