The Sexist

Boobquake In Photos: “My Eyes Are Up Here”

This photograph basically sums up the scene at today's "Boobquake" festivities in Dupont Circle, where women bared their cleavage, and people paid attention to them. Feminism! City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery, who was on-hand to shoot the event in a completely not creepy way, says that Boobquake participants were outnumbered by members of the press. Click through for more photos of the event.

  • snobographer

    This is the stupidest call to action since the Tea Bagger campaign.

  • rebekah

    snobographer, maybe if you don't experience slut shaming every day of your life because of the size of your breasts. But for some of us rather endowed women, we get told what is and is not appropriate for us to wear every single day. I can't even wear t-shirts without someone telling me that I'm dressing too sluttily because even men's large t-shirts are tight over my breasts. For me, this represents women saying that our bodies are not obscene and we are not sluts for having cleavage. It may seem ridiculous to someone who does not experience this, but for those of us who do on a daily basis, this is empowering.

  • J

    where were the hot girls? =0

  • snobographer

    rebekah - I've been slut-shamed plenty. And I'm still left wondering-
    1. What cleavage specifically has to do with what that cleric said; his quote was about "immodest" dress - one doesn't have to go out of one's way to dress immodestly by an Iranian Muslim cleric's standards.
    2. Why every other woman-related organized action has to be centered on 'BOOBIES!'
    3. Whether anybody's bothered to ask any Iranian women what they think of all this.

  • J.T.Kirk

    Wow, a whole FOUR women showed up for this thing.

    So the clerics won this battle, eh?

  • rebekah

    snobographer, the cleavage was just her interpretation if you read the page. She also replied to the criticism, you can read more about that here:
    that may make things make a little bit more sense

  • Johnny M

    Snobographer- while it's true one doesn't have to go out of one's way to dress immodestly by an Iranian Muslim cleric's standards, if the organizer's and participants only dressed immodestly by Iranian standards (ooh, uncovered hair and tight jeans!) there certainly wouldn't be as much media coverage as there was, media coverage which can give the participants and organizers the platform to dispel the cleric's silly notions and get that knowledge out there. And while cleavage doesn't have anything to do with what the cleric specifically said, wearing revealing clothing that highlights what you've got would most definitely be considered immodest by the clerics standards. Boobs generate controversy and attention, what's wrong with revealing a bit of them to highlight that fact that there is nothing immodest or wrong about them?

  • Chris

    I'm down with the idea of women getting together to be like, "Screw you. We wear what we want," but I think a great deal of the media attention and general internet response to this has been pretty poor.

    It seems like another case of an event that starts off about women and ends up being just about breasts, women optional.

  • KTanna

    So true, Chris, so true. It's like some ears perked up with the word "boobs," prompting a flurry of media, and somehow the whole women's rights issue got sidelined. I wonder why...

    I bet the sleazy media men were a bit confused as to why the boobs were TALKING. This was supposed to be a BOOBQUAKE not a WOMENSRIGHTSQUAKE!!!!

  • snobographer

    Johnny grow some boobs and walk around with them for about thirty years or so and you'll get what's so creepy and cringe-inducing about your comment.

  • Dominique

    I get that slut-shaming is unfair and has to stop. At the same time, pandering to dudified fantasies of women doesn't do it for me. I saw an example once of an action I thought dead-on effective, during a Take back the night march: a topless woman had written on her chest "hands off my body". That says it all: hands off deciding what I wear, and hands off trying to touch me without my permission (or look at my body if I don't want you to).