The upsides to Jen McCreight‘s Boobquake event: Massive amounts of unintended publicity and the opportunity to ridicule an Iranian cleric who clearly deserved it.
The downside: A lot of people said Jen’s idea was a bad one in the name of feminism. (A day for women to make their opposition to the foolish cleric known, and a chance to band together in the name of Science (kind of)… and it involved showing off their boobs?!)
Greta Christina doesn’t think Boobquake was anti-feminist at all. Rather, she thinks the event empowered women:
A patriarchal, profoundly misogynist man used his position of religious authority to demonize and control women, and to irrelevantly blame the ills of the world on our vile, dangerous sexuality.
Women responded by saying, “Screw you. Our sexuality is not responsible for earthquakes — snicker — or any other horrible ills. Our sexuality is amazing, and we will claim it and flaunt it any damn way we choose. Our bodies, our right to decide.”
How, exactly, is that not feminist?
It’s a terrific piece and it does a nice job of debunking a lot of the anti-Boobquake-Feminist claims.