Mid April, Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi blamed earthquakes on women.
“Calamities are the result of people’s deeds . . . Many women who dress inappropriately … cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes.”
There is nothing new in his statement. Not so fast in blaming Islam. It seems that almost every religion in this world has/ is blaming women for the world’s disasters. But one US college student decided to challenge Sedighi’s claim. Jen McCreight identifies herself as “a liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana.”
Through her blog http://www.blaghag.com she announced the birth of “Boobquake”.
“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.
“I’m asking women to wear their most “immodest” outfit that they already would wear, but to coordinate it all on the same day for the sake of the experiment. Heck, just showing an ankle would be considered immodest by some people. I don’t want to force people out of their comfort zones, because I believe women have the right to choose how they want to dress. Please don’t pressure women to participate if they don’t want to. If men ogle, that’s the fault of the men, not me for dressing how I like. If I want to a show a little cleavage or joke about my boobs, that’s my prerogative.”
Would you join her?
Boobquake and the Cutefication of Feminism
Beth Mann does not share the enthusiasm of the 14,000 who confirmed their participation through Facebook event.
On her blog she writes that this is not like the bra burning movement because it
“…there was a statement there, full of boldness and righteous anger…..Women have been objectified to such an extreme point that even our so-called feminist undertakings include more objectification…”
She point out that not only does this objectify women, but also adds insecurities to the already poor body image effected women. Maybe she is right?
What will happen on Monday 26 April?
Will the world fall apart? Will a divine message be sent from above to confirm that women are indeed the cause of all evil in this world? Or will the message come from the ground? Maybe nothing will happen except for a few laughs? Are the likes of Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi praying to God to punish those involved?
Boobquake could be deemed an interesting experiment, although I wonder how many girls will take this event for granted and turn it into girl’s gone wild. Perhaps Beth Mann is right about the difference between burning the bra and Boobquake…
Some boys must be very excited and nervous over Boobquake. I wonder many new videos will be uploaded on YouTube on that day?
PS: Living in a conservative country, I challenge these clergies and their man-made statements everyday. Not by walking naked or showing my boobies but by choosing not to submit to their man-made “God fearing, good Muslim female attire ” while still dressing according to society’s norms.