Browsing through one of my favourite blogs, Spoon & Tamago, I came across yet another fascinating and intriguing post titled “Japanese Artist Megumi Igarashi Arrested for 3D Printed Artwork Based on Her Vagina (nsfw)”. With a title like that, who would pass up this kind of post? I was expecting myself to be surprised, but honestly I’m not. I’m even surprised at myself for not feeling more surprised. It’s just that I’ve encountered weirder stuff than this.
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.
-excerpt from “Japanese Artist Megumi Igarashi Arrested for 3D Printed Artwork Based on Her Vagina (nsfw)”, Spoon & Tamago
I’m quite uncertain how I feel about this. As a woman, I feel like cheering for Igarashi-san. However, I was raised by my family not to flaunt my private parts publicly, so I feel a bit sheepish reading about her vagina artwork. Oh well. Life is more interesting with contradictions.
This kayak is not her only vagina-inspired artwork. She also created a Gundam and an all-girls school building model inspired by the female treasure, the vagina. To see photos of her other work, view the post at Spoon & Tamago.
July 18: According to The Guardian, Igarashi Megumi-san was released from custody but it is still unclear if she will be convicted.
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Petition for Igarashi Megumi’s Vagina Artwork at Change.org (Japanese)
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