Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested on Monday for sending 3D modeling data of her vagina. She’s accused of distribution of obscene material electronically, but has denied all charges saying “I do not acknowledge that (the work) is an obscenity.” A petition has already been set up to protest the charges, which represent a double-standard in a country which sanctions an annual penis festival and is also disturbingly behind by almost any international pornography standard.
(Update – Jon Stewart weighs in on the debate: “Japan, you arrested a woman for 3D-printing her vagina, but you gave dicks their own holiday”)
To date, the 42-year old artist, who goes by the pseudonym rokudenashi-ko ( “good-for-nothing kid”) was most well known for a crowd-funded project to create a kayak based on 3D modeling data of her own vagina. In an interview last year Igarashi explained that the project was in response to her own self doubt. In a country where the female anatomy is “overly hidden,” she “did not know what a pussy should look like.”
In order to demystify the vagina, Igarashi has embarked upon various other artworks she calls “Deco-Man.” “Man,” is short for the Japanese word that equates to vagina (manko) while “deco” is an abbreviation of “decorated.” “The goal is to make “pussy more casual and pop.”