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Earthquakes blamed on pants-wearing women

April 20, 2010 | 12:00 pm

On the drive into work this morning, NPR reported on one very unusual explanation for the recent spate of seismological activity: Earthquakes, according to at least one Iranian cleric, are caused by women who wear pants.

Rage_pants I didn't catch the source of the original report, but it's probably this report from Associated Press reporter Scheherezade Faramarz, which quoted Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi as offering the following explanation:

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes," 

Faramarz notes that in Iran, women are required by law to cover from head to toe, but points out that many flout the strictest wardrobe restrictions by wearing "tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair."

According to Sedighi, that has angered a divine authority, who apparently has requested (through Sedighi) that "the people make a general repentance."

So, scantily clad women of Southern California, you've been put on notice. When the big one hits, it's not going to be the San Andreas fault.

It's going to be yours.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: According to an Iranian cleric, immodestly dressed women, like this bare-legged model from a recent Image section photo shoot, are to blame for earthquakes. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times.