May 23 2010

Video: My lecture on Boobquake, Skepticism, and Feminism

My lecture last night in Chicago went wonderfully. Thanks to Elyse, Dr. Jen, Bruce, Matt, and anyone else I’m missing from Women Thinking Free for doing a great job organizing the event. It was a lot of fun talking to everyone afterward too!

Bruce videotaped the talk, and you can watch it here:

Jen McCreight – Boobquake Presentation from Bruce Critelli on Vimeo.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a honor to be the inaugural speaker for WTF, and I hope this organization thrives! We need more active female voices in skepticism, and this is one great way to promote that.


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  1. 1
    Beth Dorenkamp

    I wish I could see the visual aids being used, bu this speech is still really entertaining. :)

  2. 2
    The naked atheist

    Excellent stuff, I stopped up late to watch this, and it was worth it. Yeah I know I could have watched it tomorrow, but I’m impetuous.Thanks Jen.

  3. 3

    great video, but i am disappointed in one thing: you paid your friend with budweiser? ouch, not that great a friend apparently :P

  4. 4

    Nice talk! Thanks for posting it.

  5. 5
    Philip Pangrac

    That part about the CNN interview confirms my suspicion that many people didn’t quite get the whole “skeptic/scientifically test this claim” aspect and instead just wanted to joke about boobs.

  6. 6

    what she said :-)

  7. 7

    yeah… almost wondering if it was better to go through with the interview and have the publicity even though it completely missed the point, or whether being an ass and telling her “this is not Girls Gone Wild, stop making it creepy or i’ll hang up” would have been better*ponders conundrum*

  8. 8
    Ian Andreas Miller

    Wow, I love it! I approve very much!Papae, id amo! Ei vale annuo!

  9. 9

    oh yeah, and I was gonna say that I loved the anecdote about your dad, his golfing buddies and the waitress :-)

  10. 10

    It was a great talk, and a great group of people to chat with afterwards. I’m definitely hopeful to raise the profile of women skeptics!

  11. 11
    Adam Douglass

    Very nice talk. (I had to download the video to watch it, my computer is too feeble to handle it in the browser.) When you first proposed boob quake I thought it was really funny. But, when you first announced that boob quake was getting big media attention I had this moment of “oh no people are stupid this won’t work” panic. But it seems most of my fears were unfounded, thank goodness.I was curious about the name “Blag Hag”. I just kinda thought it was a clever self depreciation. (… I still think it’s clever even if I didn’t really get it…)

  12. 12

    very nice! interesting to hear your thoughts on the whole saga in a more expansive setting! :) keep up the good work!any chance of us being able to see the slideshow you were using btw? It was a bit disappointing not being able to see what was up there :)

  13. 13

    It was a great event, even if I did help organize it. I hope you do more speeches like think in the future.

  14. 14
    James Walker

    I really loved your talk. I especially love how you said that for you feminism = equality.I also liked the part about sex appeal and how that can both motivate people, mostly men, to visit skeptical sites run by women and cause some people to only see a pretty face and not the mind behind it.It is an interesting question and one I hope that won’t be an issue anymore when my daughter is grown.

  15. 15

    I liked how you kept rolling your eyes at the beginning when your name kept being pronounced wrong. You were also very good about not putting too much emphasis on pronouncing your name correctly during your talk. hahaha.

  16. 16

    Sure she’d have been able to get Augustiner or Franziskaner in the US? I’d doubt that very much (as I travelled DC and met some friends there I was only allowed to take 3 bottles (0.5 l ~ 1/7 gallon each) with me, which was sort of disappointing (for my friends).

  17. 17

    First at all I have to disappoint you: I see your face, try to see the mind behind it and hear your speech. That’s why I think you’re pretty (not a beauty queen, but quite pretty), am absolutely sure you’d fell over if your brain was in your boobs (just to stick to the topic – no offense meant) and have to say your accent is one of the worst I’ve ever heard. Maybe your accent would be not that bad, if you’d not swallow half of the words, but that’s just a Bavarian speaking (we know we’re mean too, concerning our language :D ). At least I think I understood most of the speech, which is fine for me since it’s almost 2 a.m. round here.Ahem, I just remember your story about founding “Blag Hag”. Actually I first thought it was a pun on the “Black Hag” Granny Weatherwax (who would at least smile on that, but who likes her to smile anyway :D ). If you come around Pratchett some time, you may find some interesting similarities. Just my 2 cents…

  18. 18

    You might be interested to know that Boobquake got a brief mention by geologist Michael Welland on BBC Radio 4′s ‘The Museum of Curiosity’ yesterday.For UK users, it’s available here for the next week or so, the mention being about 5 minutes in.

  19. 19

    Damn would help if i put the link in:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme

  20. 20
    David Jansson

    If all feminists were like you, we would live in an alternate universe where feminist would be an archaic term for a movement that kicked butt and won the fight years ago… I am quite certain. But then, I guess if everyone were like everyone, we would be the borg, who can only evolve through assimilating everything that is different around them. But then, but still…

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