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Vagina Selfie: 3D Print Lands Japanese Artist in Hot Water

This week an artist from Japan was arrested on suspicion of breaking obscenity laws after sending 3D prints of her vagina to people!


The artists, a woman who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” landed herself in trouble after emailing the images to 30 people who had previously signed up to a crowd-funding request for her most recent work which subsequently raised £5,800. Innocent Igarashi had sent 3D printer data of her scanned vagina – the digital basis for her kayak project – as a thanks to a number of donors.

The work in question is a kayak (see article image above) inspired by her own private parts, aptly named “Pussy Boat”!

Denying all the allegations, artist Megumi Igarashi (real name) was held in custody in Tokyo as she pointed out that she had not sent images of her vagina in return for money and did not recognise the scanned 3D data as obscene.

Supposedly, police sources were quoted as saying Igarashi had collected about 1m yen in exchange for the images.

Although her artwork is tongue in cheek, her situation isn’t as far as the law is concerned: if convicted she could receive up to two years in jail or a fine of as much as 2.5 million yen (£14,300/US$24,500), according to her lawyer.

In a hypocitical move, police raided the artist’s office, seizing 20 of her pieces not long after the authorities chose not to ban pornographic images of children in manga comics and film (also named hentai).

Igarashi has told her publics that she is on a mission to “demystify” female genitalia in Japan.

Although Japan has an extensive pornography industry, it remains regulated by a section of the criminal code from 1907. Video pornography in Japan has often used digital mosaics to obscure genitalia in sex scenes as a way to avoid obscenity charges.

A 1951 supreme court case broadly defined obscenity as something that stimulates desire and violates an ordinary person’s sense of sexual shame and morality.

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