Wednesday 22 April 2015

Vagina Artist Rokudenashiko Arrested In Japan For Distributing 3D Scans Of Genitals (PICTURES)

Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art
A Japanese artist who made a kayak modelled on her vagina has denied obscenity charges at the start of her trial in a case that has drawn accusations of censorship and double standards.
Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as good-for-northing girl – was  first arrested  last July after distributing 3D scans of her genitalia to people in return for donations to her project to create the unusual kayak.
The 43-year-old artist told the Tokyo district court on Wednesday that her “vagina selfies” were not obscene. “I do not dispute the facts [of the charge], but my artwork is not obscene,” Igarashi said, according to the Kyodo news agency.
Defence lawyers will argue that using the penal code to punish obscenity violates Igarashi’s constitutional right to freedom of expression. “Even if it were constitutional, the defendant’s work is not a precise reproduction of the vulva and does not cause sexual arousal,” Kyodo quoted a defence counsel for Igarashi as telling the court.
If found guilty, Igarashi could face up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of 2.5 million yen (£14,200) for distributing obscene objects.
She is accused of distributing data to people in return for donations to the crowd-funding kayak project. The recipients could use the data to print 3D images of her genitalia.
Her vagina-inspired artworks were also exhibited at a sex toy shop in Tokyo, according to the indictment. The 44-year-old owner of the shop, Minori Watanabe, was arrested and ordered to pay a 300,000 yen fine.

Igarashi said she had sent the data to people who had donated more than 3,000 yen to the kayak project. She said she was prepared to take her case all the way to Japan’s supreme court if necessary.
Igarashi has made a name for herself with her Decoman “Decorated Vagina” series of sculptures. The titles of the works incorporate the word “man”, from manko, the Japanese slang for vagina.

Her case has attracted worldwide attention and criticism of the apparent double standards in the Japanese law’s treatment of sexual imagery. While the country has a thriving pornography industry, its obscenity laws ban the depiction of genitalia, which usually appear pixelated in images and videos.
Commentators pointed out the hypocrisy of her initial arrest, which came soon after Japanese authorities resisted pressure to ban pornographic images of children in manga comics and animated films.

Megumi Igarashi

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