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Japanese “Vagina Artist” Released From Jail Following Arrest On Obscenity Charges

Japanese “Vagina Artist” Released From Jail Following Arrest On Obscenity Charges

The Japanese “vagina artist,” Megumi Igarishi, has been freed from police custody after a week in jail following her arrest on obscenity charges.


The 42-year-old sculptor and illustrator, also known as Rokudenashiko, which translates to “Good-for-nothing girl,” launched a crowdfunding campaign online to build a kayak in the shape of her genitals. But despite Japan’s prominent pornography industry, it still forbids the public depiction of actual genitalia. And after raising 1 million yen ($9,865) via crowdfunding, she was arrested last Saturday for “distributing data that could create an obscene shape through a 3-D printer,” a police spokesman told AFP.

In a statement issued after her release on Saturday, Igarashi responded: “That was an unjust arrest. I don’t think my genitals are obscene. My body is mine. It’s not acceptable that something is determined to be ‘indecent’ from a purely male point of view.” More than 21,000 people signed a petition for her release on Change.org following her arrest.

Should Igarishi be found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to two years in jail and a fine of 2.5 million yen ($24,655).

[H/T the Guardian]CD