If the antidote to terrorism and fundamentalist extremism is to refuse to be terrorized, we may finally be making some progress. Last week, Michael Moynihan blogged about "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," an appropriately defiant and mocking response to the not-so-veiled threat levied against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone by an Islamic extremist website.

Now comes Boobquake.

It started as a college student’s snide response to an Iranian cleric’s assertion that scantily clad women cause earthquakes.

But as of Thursday, it had become much, much bigger.

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.”

Boobquake’s Twitter account quickly snared more tweets than a bird sanctuary, and its Facebook page had almost 50,000 “confirmed guests” as of Thursday afternoon.

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  • The Libertarian Guy||

    It's nice to find common ground with a feminist once in a while.

  • ||

    Let's just hope Gaia doesn't decided to move some plates the same day. The last thing i want is all those feminists thinking they can make something actually happen.

  • ||

    What would be worse is the Muslim extremists to say "See?!"

  • ||

    Wasn't there an earthquake in Taiwan today?

  • Jesse Walker||

    Yes, but the organizers point out that the quake was too early for the boobs to have had an effect yet.

  • Ragin Cajun||


  • ||

    Premature liquefaction

  • Bra||

    I support this measure.

  • Jerry||

    So this will be the last blog posting for today?

  • Bill Clinton||

    Hey, this could work!

  • PicassoIII||

    Forwarded to Mrs Picasso.

  • The Other Kevin||

    I'm going to keep a very close eye on this story. Reason offered me $500 for on-the-scene reports, but I couldn't afford to pay them that much.

  • Polynikes||

    Looks like a good night for date night...

  • ||

    Now, if a major earthquake does happen today she's going to feel pretty stupid.

  • zoltan||

    Actually you'd be the stupid one as breasts still do not cause earthquakes.

  • ||

    Prove it!

  • Death Penalist||

    The science is settled, but my trousers aren't.

  • ||

    The thought is making me shake already.

  • ||

    Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi's idiot pronouncement merely echoes that of the great American theologian Pat Robertson from more than a decade ago.

    "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you," Robertson said Monday on his TV show, "The 700 Club."

    Robertson also said the widespread practice of homosexuality "will bring about terrorist bombs, it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor."

    America is still #1!

  • ||

    I'd rather test Sadeghi's hypothesis than Robertson's.

  • ||

    Sub, you don't have to go that far back, Robertson was blaming Haitian's "pact with the devil" for the recent earthquake. He also said some stupid shit about Katrina.

  • In Time Of War||

    The big difference being we can point and laugh at Robertson's stupidity without any fear of having our heads cut off.

  • ||

    "possibly a meteor" nice hedging there Pat. What about solar flares, what your position on them?

  • ||

    In Robertson's worldview, the sun is just a big glowing rock in the sky, so solar flares are impossible. The observations are fakes by godless scientists who have made a pact with the devil.

  • Warty||

    I like how Pat is saying that terrorists are doing God's work.

  • zoltan||

    He's a secret Muslim.

  • creech||

    Sounds like a damn good excuse to show us Lobstergirl again.

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  • Sudden||

    Thirded. Side-boob will hasten armageddon.

  • ||

    Here is some sideboob

  • ||

    NIce, now that is what I am talking about dude.


  • ||

    Bring it on.

  • Steve Nash Equilibrium||

    Can we get a picture of the Reason swag girl in her most cleavage revealing shirt? To help support the cause of course.

  • T||

    I will observe keenly to help test the hypothesis. It's for science!

  • Al Gore||

    The science is settled.

  • Urkobold™||


  • T||

    Just don't show us the cleavage from your massive moobs, Al.

  • Ragin Cajun||

    Now, are these just, er, feminists who are participating?

  • Mo||

    I like this response to threatened violence than the old reaction: cowering in fear and taking away civil liberties.

  • John Galt||

    There is an eathquake somewhere everyday. Funny though

  • ||

    Don't go spoiling our experiment with factual observations.

    What are you? Some kind of Objectivist or something?

  • redcanyongal||

    locked and loaded here, cleavage displayed, all in the name of science

  • WWJGD||

    Holy shit. I know that girl. She started the Purdue Non-Theist society as well.

  • ||

    I wear a boob shirt with a sweater cause I'm classy. Also its cold.

  • ||

    I wonder what the femenists will think about all the guys who will be gaping at them today...I bet they'll think us scum.

  • BakedPenguin||

    And a banner ad accompanying this story is for "The Vaccine War" - showing a picture of Jenny McCarthy.

    A clothed picture of her. Oh, the irony.

  • Paul||

    I think I sensed movement when I read this.

  • ||

    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.”

    Sadeghi could just say that the earthquakes are not necessarily instant reactions to single sexy events...

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  • ||

    You know what caused the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland ? Thongs. Many other undocumented eruptions as well.

  • ||

    This post needs more boobs.

  • E.H. Munro||

    I heartily concur, let me find suitable photos of Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke.

  • ||

    I think we should all get a grip.


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