Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi warned last week that "women who do not dress modestly...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes."
The comments have provoked both outrage and amusement in the West. One young American blogger, Jennifer McCreight, responded by establishing her "Boobquake" group on Facebook, in which she called on women to use the power of cleavage to prove the cleric wrong.
Over 100,000 people have joined the group and are presumably out there showing off their stuff today.
The next thing you know, Taiwan is rocked by a massive quake. Coincidence?
Absolutely unrelated, says McCreight. First, the quake occurred outside her "Boobquake" time zone. Second, she wrote in a rapid-response Twitter update: “On avg, 134 magnitude 6-6.9 earthquakes occur annually. Taiwan's today is not special unless a ton more are to follow."
You also have to account for McCreight's rival Facebook group "Brainquake," created by those "saddened," as they put it, by the superficiality of "Boobquake." The women among "Brainquake's" roughly 900 members were asked to “show off their resumes, CVs, honors, prizes, and accomplishments" today.
But even McCreight sees the irony in the situation. “Just remember, the imam could have blamed 'banana hammocks,'" she wrote. "Today would be soooooooo different."
-- Kristin Deasy