Artist arrested for distributing 3D file of her genitals

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested for allegedly distributing the digital file of a 3D model of her genitals as part of project to make a vagina boat, reports The Independent.
Igarashi has previously made a vagina kayak, a vagina lampshade, a remote-controlled vagina car, a vagina smartphone case, and other items. From Igarashi's Web site:
NewImageI make art pieces with my vagina, which I would rather call Manko(MK). I thought it was just funny to decorate my vagina and make into a diorama, but I was very surprised to see how upset people get when they see my works or even hear me say the word Manko. Even when a TV station asked me to be on their show, they wouldn’t dare let me say DECO-MAN because “MAN” is from the taboo word “Manko”. Why did I start making these kind of art pieces? It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine. I did not know what a vagina should look like at the same time, so I thought mine was abnormal. Manko and vagina, have been such a taboo in Japanese society. Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and has become a part of pop culture. But vagina has never been so cute. Vagina has been thought to be obscene because its been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body.

Here is her project fundraising video:

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  1. Why did I start making these kind of art pieces? It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine.

    Have you heard of this wonderful thing called the internet?

  2. Huffpost has a good take on this. They explain that while the vagina is still basically a hidden object in Japan (for sex purposes only), the penis is something to be revered, and that's not OK in the artist's eyes. She's trying to give the vagina the same cultural standing that a phallus has through pop imagery. It's an understandable goal when you consider the intent is sexual equality.

  3. I think most you who can't believe she'd never seen a vagina missed the part where she is a 42 year old artist and she's been doing these since the start of her "career". Turns out the internet has only really been a thing since the early 90's so an artist in very FEMALE conservatie Japan would not likely seen an "actual" vagina outside of poorly drawn comics. Something to consider.

  4. Vaginas are actually not that easy to see. First you have to get past the labia, both major and minor, then the sea of swirly twirly gum drops and through the Lincoln Tunnel...

  5. a) stop calling bullshit on the artist. It's rude. It's disrespectful, especially given that she's speaking up about one variety of gender oppression.

    b) after seeing her website I gotta wonder if Louis Vuitton is going to sue her next.

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