Heike Gottschlich and Nadine Chandler wore revealing tops yesterday to dispel the view espoused by Tehran cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi that women’s immodest dress resulted in seismic disruption. Jay Cronan
Heike Gottschlich and Nadine Chandler wore revealing tops yesterday to dispel the view espoused by Tehran cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi that women’s immodest dress resulted in seismic disruption. Jay Cronan

Breasts on display for Boobquake

WEARING her raciest plunging neckline, Lillian Rock mum Nadine Chandler joined more than 190,000 women worldwide yesterday for Boobquake.

The international day of cleavage emancipation started as a joke from Indiana university student Jennifer McCreight, who wished to shake the beliefs of one Tehran cleric who proposed that women’s immodesty resulted in earthquakes.

Cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted by Iranian media as saying, “Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.”

At 2pm yesterday there were more than 190,000 female Facebook users committed to Boobquake. That figure is set to grow dramatically overnight as the sun rises on Boobquake capitals in the US.

This month organiser Ms McCreight proposed, “On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. I encourage other female sceptics 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.”

Mother to 3-year-old and 6-month-old boys, Mrs Chandler argued that breasts needn’t always be considered as immodest.

“I’ve always got one boob out breastfeeding all the time and I’m sure the earth hasn’t moved,” said the cheeky Lismore Base Hospital nurse.

“The idea that women’s immodesty can cause earthquakes is ridiculous. I am happy to prove him wrong,” Mrs Chandler said.

So far seismic activity has remained steady during Boobquake, but Ms McCreight – a university science major – will release detailed worldwide seismic data this week.

Two hours after Mrs Chandler and her friend Heike Gottschlich romped around Lismore’s Heritage Park with their children, in low cut clothes, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake was felt near Anderson Springs, California.

“What if there are heaps of earthquakes today? What would we say then?” Mrs Chandler laughed.



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