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'Vagina artist' arrest sparks debate:

'Vagina artist' arrest sparks debate:

The arrest on obscenity allegations of a woman who makes art based on her vagina has sparked debate in Japan. Tokyo-based artist Megumi Igarashi, 42, was arrested on Saturday for sending data that could be used to create 3D models of her vagina. She had sent it to people who had donated money for a project to make a vagina-shaped kayak using a 3D printer. A police spokesman told AFP news agency she had distributed data that could "create an obscene shape".

On her website, Ms Igarashi says she has made several pieces of art based on her genitals using a silicone mould, saying she wants to make vaginas "more casual and pop". The vagina "has been such a taboo in Japanese society... (it) has been thought to be obscene", while penises are regarded as "part of pop culture", she said.

Opinion is split but one debate is about whether the scanned 3D data can be categorised as obscene unless the recipients have printed it out. Others have questioned why the image of a vagina is seen as obscene when images of penises are not seen as causing offence. There are, for example, annual festivals in Japan where a huge wooden phallus is carried from a shrine or visitors can enjoy sweets shaped like penises.

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{Even taking into consideration that Japan is a very different culture from ours this seems like a tempest in a teapot. If you go to the link you can see the artist sitting in her vagina-shaped kayak she made using a 3D printer. I rather think the reaction to such a thing in most of America would be a big yawn but in Japan it seems to be cause celebre. The idea that the penis in Japan is considered something to celebrate while the vagina is consider obscene is ridiculous and insulting. Japanese men obviously both desire and fear female sexuality. Its hard to not hate something you so desperately want which is often the root of misogyny.

Japan however is not alone in such absurdities. Such a display by a artist would bring about beatings and long jail terms in many Islamic countries and a few Christian European ones as well. In some ways it reminds me of the infamous "chastity belt" used by Christian men on their wives and daughters before they rode off to the crusades. They were protecting their rights to the vagina and making sure they would be untouched until their return. Who knows what happen if they never did return from the wars? What do you think of it all?}

"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
7/16/2014, 9:18 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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