In the last few days, I heard the story about the senior cleric in Iran, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, who stated “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.” Sedighi goes on to say “What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” (Boston Herald, April 19, 2010)
To hear this Islamic cleric speak it would seem that men need not have self-control or to act as if seeing an unknown woman is reason enough to not know her in the biblical sense.
Perhaps that is why I love the idea being proposed by the Blag Hag(http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html). Jen McCreight is the author of this blog and a student at Purdue.
Jen is proposing that on Monday, April 26, 2010 women across the world test Sedighi’s theory and wear clothing that shows off the girls. McCreight calls this event “BoobQuake.” Jen’s suggestion on what to wear is a top that you normally reserve for going out. If this makes one uncomfortable, you can always go for short shorts or a short skirt.
Keep in mind what women in Iran are allowed to wear. They must wear a veil that covers all of their hair as well as a long jacket type garment that is loose-fitting and provides total coverage. Read Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni (http://www.azadeh.info) for a better description and hear what happens when that veil falls too far, revealing too much hair.
For those women with a certain amount of modesty, I would say that on Monday should you wear a surplice top that allows for statement jewelry or a tank covered by an opened button-up shirt, you are still batting for the same team. Please leave a comment about what you are planning to wear; I am still trying to decide what I will wear that day.
How popular is this event? There is a Facebook event page called Boobquake and the last time I checked there were over 40,000 attendees for the event. When I first signed up there were 35,000+ attendees.
Will there be an earthquake if the women of the world expose more skin than usual? Will Islamic senior cleric Sedighi keep his eyes closed for the day, choosing to stay inside and pray for our corrupt souls instead? Is Ms. McCreight using pure scientific tools to measure the results of her experiment? The only thing we can do is wait to see how it all shakes out on Monday.
Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her outdoor writer husband and four children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.