A message to Jennifer McCreight, founder of ‘boobquake’

Dear Jennifer

We wanted to write and congratulate you on ‘boobquake.’ As signatories to the Manifesto of Liberation of Women in Iran and Iran Solidarity, we felt strongly that it was an important act in defence of women’s rights and human dignity. This is particularly so given the silence of so many feminists who seem to have succumbed to the racist concept of cultural relativism that implies that women choose to live the way they are forced to. Clearly though, women everywhere want to live lives worthy of the 21st century and not under medievalism and religious rules. That is why you have received so much support from people in Iran for this action. This support is a reflection of a strong women’s liberation movement, which is leading many of the ongoing protests there.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s views are not merely those of a madman but of the state, the judicial system and the educational system. Under Sharia law, for example, a women’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s, women are still being stoned to death for sex outside of marriage (with the law even specifying the size of the stone to be used), women and girls are denied access to certain fields of study (they can’t be judges for example as they are deemed to be too ’emotional’), and they have no right to travel or even work without the permission of their male guardians. Like racial apartheid in the former South Africa, sexual apartheid demands that women and girls be veiled, sit at the back of buses, and enter via separate government building entrances. Yet despite 31 years of this brutality, women continue to refuse and resist, including by unveiling or ‘improper’ veiling, even though they are arrested, fined and harassed daily. This resistance is why every now and then leading clerics like Sedighi feel the need to intervene and blame women for some calamity or another. Acts of real human solidarity like yours helps to mobilise opposition to this misogyny whilst strengthening and encouraging the women’s liberation movement in Iran.

We look forward to working closely with you from now on and know you will continue to support our efforts.

Please feel free to publicise and sign on to the Manifesto of Liberation of Women in Iran and Iran Solidarity.

Warmest regards
Mina Ahadi, International Committee Against Executions and Stoning
Mahin Alipour, Equal Rights Now – Organisation Against Women’s Discrimination in Iran
Shahla Daneshfar, Equal Rights Now – Organisation Against Women’s Discrimination in Iran
Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity


  1. Actually, that quake happened on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 02:59:51 UTC, but Boobquake festivities took place on the eastern seaboard, where it was still Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 10:59:51 PM. Besides, the entire point was to invite the wrath of a vengeful prude-god, I don't see why he would punish Taiwan for the actions of a few in New England. Either his aim is off, or maybe scientists are on to something with this whole plate-tectonics and empirical-evidence thing they're on about.

  2. A little virtual round of applause from me. It is extremely worrying that we merely laughed off the original comments. These are actually believed to be punishments and indeed this kind of thought process is creeping into Christian fundamentalism, no doubt bolstered by the apathy showed toward superstition in western society and a fear of being seen to being inherently racist. Nothing to me is most racist than permitting women to be subjugated because they belong to another culture.

    Well done.

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