Japan, where porn is a major industry and images of brutal torture (of either sex) are perfectly fine but genitals (of either sex) are considered obscene and must be blurred. pixelated, or covered in all images comes this:
UPDATE: TOKYO — An artist was found not guilty of obscenity Monday for displaying figurines modeled on her vagina but received a fine for distributing digital data that could be used to make a realistic three-dimensional recreation of her genitalia.
A court in Tokyo dismissed prosecutors’ charge that Megumi Igarashi, who works under the name “Rokudenashiko” — or “good-for-nothing girl” — had displayed obscene objects. It ruled her figurines decorated with fake fur and glitter could be considered “pop art.”
However, the judges said the data, from a scan of her own vagina, could be used with a three-dimensional printer to create a realistic shape that could sexually arouse viewers. (because apparently that would be easier than going to one of Japan’s easily accessible sex shops)
TOKYO (AFP).- An artist who made a kayak modelled on her own vagina was arrested in Japan on Wednesday, police said, in a case that has sparked accusations of censorship.
Megumi Igarashi was arrested in July for her successful campaign to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D scanner/printer, modeled on her genitals.
She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom. But on Wednesday, Igarashi was re-arrested on suspicion of sending a link “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people,” a Tokyo police spokeswoman said.
She “tried to have those people who were willing to finance her plan download the 3D obscene data” in October last year, the police spokeswoman said. Igarashi also allegedly sold CD-Roms containing similar data during a May exhibition in Tokyo.
Igarahi, also known as Rokudenashiko or “good-for-nothing girl”, turned to Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire in June last year to generate the cash to make a special kayak modeled on her own vagina. The artist claimed that the project was intended as a statement against discrimination and an effort to break taboos surrounding the female form.
Here she is in her original Campfire pitch. It’s all in Japanese, but she helpfully uses lots of pictures, so you should have no trouble following along:
If convicted of distributing, or holding obscene materials for the purpose of selling, Igarashi could receive up to two years in jail and/or a fine of as much as 2.5 million yen ($21,000).
Ah yes, Japan. Where just the 3D software to make the above is considered obscene but Kanamara Matsuri is a treasured cultural tradition:
For more about the Shinto “Festival of the Steel Phallus” read here: