A Japanese artist who modeled a kayak after her vagina is “outraged” by her arrest and has vowed to fight the obscenity charges against her.
Megumi Igarashi, 42, was arrested last Saturday for sending data that could be used to create 3D models of her vagina. The Tokyo-based artist had built a yellow kayak with a top shaped like her vagina after raising about $10,000 through crowdfunding. Igarashi then sent 3D printer data of her scanned vagina – the digital basis for her kayak project – as a thank you to a number of donors. Thanks for the money – now here’s my vagina!
But before Igarashi, who also goes by the moniker Rokudenashiko, which means “no-good girl” in Japanese, could get to work on her next vagina boat, she was arrested for distributing indecent material.
The vagina “has been such a taboo in Japanese society”, Igarashi wrote on her website. “It’s been overly hidden although it’s just a part of a woman’s body.”
“I cannot agree with the police’s decision to label the data as obscene,” she later said. “To me, my vagina is like my arms and legs. It’s nothing obscene.”
But according to Japan’s obscenity laws, which ban the depiction of genitalia and blur them out in broadcast media and images, 3D vaginas are the definition of obscene.
Maybe so, but if they allow little girl urine flavoured ice cream, can vagina kayaks really be that bad?
At least they didn’t try go with the chocolate flavour…