Women cause earthquakes

I've got three words for you: duck and cover

From the Guardian:

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

Perhaps we can use shocks to female gratification/empowerment then to predict earthquakes? Let’s see – there were two earthquakes in 1960 when the pill was introduced… not a particularly strong correlation (then again, the introduction was likely endogenous to female hedonism).

Maybe we should be thinking about completely external shocks: on November 6th, 1983, Cyndi Lauper released “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and only 10 days later there was an earthquake in Kaoiki, Hawaii! Then again, there were no more earthquakes for five months, but there were two earthquakes (in Turkey and Idaho) just a week before the release of the single.

Wait a minute – what if earthquakes predict female empowerment? Sounds like Sedighi needs to submit his model to peer review.

Another brilliant explanation:

Referring to the violence that followed last June’s disputed presidential election, he said: “The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions [that took place].”

Oh no! Political earthquakes?

13 thoughts on “Women cause earthquakes

  1. Ranil Dissanayake

    April 20, 2010 at 11:35am

    religious fundamentalists caused the volcano ash. Fact.

  2. Michael W

    April 20, 2010 at 1:40pm

    Religious fundamentalists, whether Islamic, Christian or Jewish, are dangerous crackpots.

  3. Thanatos Dyonsius

    April 20, 2010 at 2:14pm

    There is nothing but coincidence to the women cause earthquakes, it’s like the theory of the number 23. You can pretty much do this article on anything such as if sales in milk were up you could say people around the world drinking more milk causes earthquakes.
    Written by the author of thesaurusforgod.blogspot.com

  4. Daylight

    April 20, 2010 at 2:23pm

    This is serious! I’ve heard so many ignorant comments from this side of the world but to hear that women’s actions are the cause of earthquakes is simply obnoxi-ridiculo-idiotic!

  5. Andy S

    April 20, 2010 at 5:00pm

    “lead young men astray…which increases earthquakes.”

    Sure “eruptions”, no? 🙂

  6. Sam Gardner

    April 20, 2010 at 9:58pm

    Hemingway described this phenomenon in “for whom the bell tolls” it is not frivolous women, but making love to the love of your life that makes the earth move.

    It is not hard to understand that religious fanatics don’t have first hand experience, and so ascribe it to what they see: the phenomenon is linked to women they cannot get.

  7. Jay P.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:52am

    This is just…wow. I am completely appalled and not simply because I’m a woman, but because of the sheer ignorance of that statement. However, I would like to inquire about the context. Where was this original statement made? Under what circumstances? I can’t really imagine there ever being a reasonable explanation for a comment like this, but having some sort of a contextual frame might help shed a little more light on it.

  8. Ranil Dissanayake

    April 21, 2010 at 1:09pm

    I’ve got it! Something has been bothering me about this for ages, and I’ve suddenly got it – he’s just making an AC/DC reference! Come on everyone:

    “She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean / she was the best damn woman I had ever seen / she had the sightless eyes telling me no lies / knocking me out with those American thighs / taking more than her share, she had me gasping for air / she told me to come but I was already there…

    and the wall were shaking
    the earth was quaking
    my mind was racing
    and we were making it and you…

    shook me all night long!
    Yeah you! shook me ALL NIGHT LONG!”


    warning: that video features Brian Johnson in the bath.

  9. Md. Mazedul Haq

    April 21, 2010 at 3:10pm

    …it may sound ridiculous to hear that women dress up is responsible for earthquake. But it has a great effect on social life. I think Kazem siddighi tried to demonstrate the earthquake in society as adultery, prostitution and rape. And there may also some other reasons for earthquake which science cant explain. Science do need research, hence science should prove whether this is true or false…But none can say this is impossible, because nothing is impossible.

  10. Hervé B

    April 21, 2010 at 5:32pm

    Come on! The Hojatoleslam is a true movie buff who knows his classics:


    And here is the first verse:

    When they had the earthquake in San Francisco
    Back in nineteen-six
    They said that ol’ Mother Nature
    Was up to her old tricks
    That’s the story that went around
    But here’s the real low-down
    Put the blame on Mame, boys
    Put the blame on Mame
    One night she started to shimmy-shake
    That brought on the Frisco quakes
    So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
    Put the blame on Mame

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