“To rage and mock is gentlemanly, to grumble and whine is not.” -Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
An Iranian cleric has claimed that the women dressing immodestly is the reason for earthquakes.
From the article:
“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”
This led one of my favorite bloggers, Jen McCreight over at BlagHag, suggested a “modest” proposal.
“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.”
The hastag for this on Twitter has become #boobquake and the damn thing went viral. She’s getting calls from legitimate news organizations and stuff.
She further clarifies her position on boobquake after getting some flack from “feminists” on the issue (as well as the non-endowed).
Really, it’s not supposed to be serious activism that is going to revolutionize women’s rights, but just a bit of fun juvenile humor. I’m a firm believer that when someone says something sostupid and hateful, serious discourse isn’t going to accomplish anything – sometimes light-hearted mockery is worthwhile.
I’m with Jen on this. No rational discussion is going to convince that guy that women’s clothing has nothing to do with earthquakes. The best approach to people such as this is to mock them. Mercilessly. No one takes “flat earth-ers” seriously. We mock them. (At least I do.) We should treat this situation the same.
Further, I don’t see this as being “non-feminist.” We’re not dressing slutty for men. We’re not dressing slutty for women. We’re dressing slutty for science.
Oh, and just because I’m a cunt and enjoy pissing people off, I’m going to ask men how they feel about my immodest outfit. And then some women. If there are any trans people reading who want to comment, let me know.