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. HillsBros

    LOL....Once again, this is a man who using wit and reverse psychology has been able to start a wave of coercion by women to get them to flaunt more breasts (and other body parts) to prove something to men regardless of whether a God exists or not. Sheer genius...Kudos to this cleric even if his prayer rug is a little frayed around the edges.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wellreadone

    It is my observation that Iranian Clerics have been a constant source of entertainment for many years. My question is: How do they keep a straight face when making such statements? Perhaps they have confused the Richter scale with a seamstress tape measure. Perhaps the cleric is a closet stand-up comic just trying to come out.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lilly

    I disagree with Dr. Bashi that every day women and girls are forced to show their cleavage. Most do so for their own personal reasons, mainly fashion, and women have always willingly used their sexuality to influence situations. Even Islamic women do it, although since they can't show their bodies they do it in different ways. I wish Muslims would quit imagining that somehow they are different than all other humans. Just because they devote more time to worship than most people does not mean they are resisting normal human behaviour. They stil lie, cheat, harm and kill just like anyone else. Just by hiding it does not mean that it does not exist.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. True Feminism

    Ms.Jen McCreight fails to recognize the paradigm she bows down to by creating such an event, if even in jest. Hopefully as she matures she will realize the impact she could actually have by promoting real feminism as opposed to her petulant joke.

    Unfortunately the joke is on women more than it is on any other purported party.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barb - Canadian

    Seems certain that the enlightened Iranian who blames volcanic activity on "scantily clad women), needs someone to show him a dictionary, which will clearly show the difference between an eruption, and an erection!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fail

    Big news: materialistic and self-absorbed Feminists use Iranian women as an excuse to upstage each other and go shopping.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ken

    Kvijay,so its a gud logic to ve ladies dress immodestly since u claim islam is not logical.And sory,i think it's 'kvijay'that means lies and deceit cos i know 4 sure u don't know what "taqiah" means may u shud try learn some arabic ok.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    I'm sickened by this story. I totally disagree with the cleric on his earthquake views but I am tired of all the immodesty I must face every day. We see enough without a stupid action like this.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Val

    The most efficient way to confront religious idiocy is with humor, so I applaud Jen's effort!
    Islam in particular is the most reactionary force that still exist on this planet. As long as it still around in its present form no peace is possible.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Could it be that an earthquake happens every time a religious leader makes a stupid comment? I'm thinking that Imam may owe Hatti and Chile an apology.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nick d

    God has too many middlemen. They bend and distort things in the manner they choose. Call them Clerics, Priests or whatever. Any dumb idea, misconception or personal agenda becomes the word of God or will of God. Love you neighbor, convert your neighbor, shoot your neighbor, burn your neighbors house down, etc. And this changes by the minute sometimes. We just don't need them and should let them know that every chance we get. The don't represent me or you but most of all they don't represent God. Quite frankly, I don't thing God wants anything to do with them.

    These women spoke their piece and held their ground. They have my respect and admiration. They stood up for all of us.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. M. Wolfe O'Malley

    It's not just Islam. On the same day the Islamic cleric made his hilarious accusation, good ol' boy Rush Limbaugh accused Barack Obama of causing the Icelandic volcanic eruption by proposing new health care policies for the U.S.

    ALL fundamentalist religion, whatever the Belief System (or BS), is mental and spiritual poison. The real tragedy is that young kids in religious schools are getting these crackbrained ideas, and others just as idiotic, stuffed into their poor little defenceless brains every day. Sometimes I feel that humanity has no way to go but down, down, down.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jman

    ...the Atheist Movement....I pity your soul. One day all of your questions will be answered; I'm telling you now, you are not going to like them. After you die it is too late to believe.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. zamix

    Good for her,
    We all know clerics in any religion are just want to blame someone for something.Its easy and funny to blame women for quickies who has nothing to do with God.
    I blame it all on clerics of all religions who lye in the name of God and act as God's massagers with out any authority from God.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gregg

    Good for her! These religious freaks need to be taken down at the knee caps. Organized religion(all of it) is the root of all evil!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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