Well, I begged mercy from the volcano, but today it's everyone's chance to defy the earthquake. Today is BOOBQUAKE DAY. If you haven't already heard, let me explain:
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” he asked during a prayer sermon on Friday. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”
A fine example of how religion manages to combine misogyny with moronic superstition, you might well think. Well, scientist and atheist Jen McCreight (pictured above) is leading, via her Facebook page, an international effort to, *ahem*, "test" the causal connection between boobies and tectontic upheavals by being immodest in public. She says:
"On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. 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. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I'm sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it'll be one involving plate tectonics.
So, who's with me? I may be a D cup, but that will probably only produce a slight tremor on its own. If you'll be joining me on twitter, use the tag #boobquake! Or join the facebook event!"
She's got more than 20,000 women pledging to join in. She's being interviewed on CNN and the BBC World Service. There are T-shirts for survivors!
I'm not likely to be out in public myself tomorrow, but to to show my support I thought I'd post the full-sized, undistorted version of the picture I posted with my F-Stop article a few weeks back. Okay, so the original photo is twenty years old, but I do (immodestly) think it's a fine shot of my ass. Now I will sit back and wait for the wrath of the Almighty.
Go on God - knock yourself out.