by Aimee Levitt
April is indeed a time for festivals: Passover, Easter, Administrative Professional's Day, 4/20, Earth Day and now Boobquake. If all goes according to plan next Monday, April 26, the earth will move and shatter and entire cities will be destroyed, all thanks to the power of boobs.
What does one have to do with the other? you may ask. Are boobs really that powerful a force? It's true we do spend inordinate amounts of time evaluating their size and weight and concocting strategies to support or touch them. We use them as a means for judging women's intelligence and attractiveness. They can be a powerful tool for distraction or a source of shame.
But did you know that indecently-exposed breasts can cause earthquakes?
It's true! Well, if you believe Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, the acting Friday prayer leader of Tehran. After Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tehranians that an earthquake was bound to hit their city in the near future and they should take precautions, thus spake Sedighi:
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."
So on Monday, Jen McCreight, a senior at Purdue University and author of the blog Blag Hag has decided to organize an experiment to test Sedighi's theory. She sent out this call to action, via her blog and Facebook:
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 far, nearly 11,000 women have promised to participate.
Even if there is no earthquake, it will be interesting to see how many awkward moments Boobquake will cause and if there will be a noticeable effect on worker and classroom productivity.