Send 3D Modeling Data of Your Vulva - Get Arrested

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:35
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Japanese Artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested for sending 3D modeling data of her vulva. The charge: distributing obscene materials electronically.

This is just another example of the continued assault on the female sex organ. The vulva is censored at every turn. Megumi denied all charges adding the she doesn't "acknowledge the work is an obscenity". In a country where the female anatomy is "overly hidden" she "did not know what a pussy should look like".

We see in again and again in the workshops. Genital Show & Tell (where we all look at each other's vulvas) liberates the women in a way I can't fully express. They get to see exactly what pussies look like, that there is a range of vulva styles. In that moment, they're healed.

Bravo Megumi. Your work is revolutionary and the fact that modeling art after the female sex organ is still revolutionary in 2014 tells you exactly where we are as a culture. Backward. Repressed. Misogynistic.

Time for some change.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Japan stands out at one of

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:53

Japan stands out at one of the strangest countries when it comes to law and sexuality. In their porn, you can show any subject including what we'd term child pornography as long as you obscure the penis and vulva (though how much you obscure it seems up to the artist.) Interestingly, the anus doesn't have to be obscured even during anal intercourse. Presumedly because it's not considered a sexual orifice. I wouldn't agrree though that Japan is 'backward,' or 'repressed' however. Certainly odd though. Looking at the history of their erotica as with 'shunga,' they seem to have changed their minds about pubic hair not allowing that to be shown any more (though as long as smooth, the area below the hair seems ok, again "odd.")
As seen in other cultures, once Christian missionaries arrived, things changed dramatically. Unlike opthers however they were spared becomming a Christanized country. So but for a few oddities, insofar as sex goes they're far more advanced than other countries including the US.

Japan

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:35

 Not sure I'd describe it as a more advanced sex culture - I've never quite been able to get over the vending machines selling used schoolgirl knickers for guys to sniff.

Japan and censorship

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:03

I don't understand the Japanese prohibition against showing adult human genitalia, which includes the penis as well as the vulva so presumably a male artist would have been prosecuted similarly. That doesn't seem at all advanced to me---more like the fig leaves Western art once used, or the vulva-less sculptures and paintings that still prevail here. But schoolgirl knickers sold in vending machines? I wouldn't have believed it.

On the Daily Show

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:31
Anony111 (not verified)

This story was on Jon Stewart's Daily Show last night (July 24, http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/qnk18t/we-may-have-problems--but-at-least-we-re-not-jailing-artists-for-3-d-printing-their-vaginas), and while I thought it was great that he talked about it, the talk was all about "vaginas" and not "vulvas." Oh well. Like you said in today's video... the female sex organs are surely very complicated... 
Patrick, not sure you are right about the "penis prohibition." I am not very familiar with the Japanese culture and I don't typically get my information from Jon Stewart, but the video about the penis parade was sure funny and looked real.

The Daily Show and Japanese censorship

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:44

Anony111, what examples I've come across of Japanese commercial porn show the penis pixellated as well as the vulva. If intercourse is being depicted, the whole genital area of both partners is obscured.  I had a look on Wikipedia and found this:

Due to the current interpretation of Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Japan,
which forbids distributing "indecent" materials, it is believed that
most pornography in Japan must be at least partially censored. The
primary means is to put a digital "mozaiku" (mosaic) over genitalia.
There have, however, been very few arrests for violations of this law.[1]

The most recent trial based on this law, the first in 20 years, was the conviction of Suwa Yuuji in January 2004 for his hentai manga Misshitsu. He was originally fined 500,000 yen(About 4,900USD) and avoided jail time by pleading guilty. When he appealed the case to the Supreme Court of Japan on arguments that the manga was not as indecent and explicit as much material on the Internet and that Article 175 violated the Japanese Constitution's protection of freedom of expression, the Court upheld the ruling and the fine was tripled to 1.5 million yen.

After Yuuji's conviction, a number of bookstores and chains removed
their adults-only section. Their motivation has been attributed to the
outcome, in a "chilling effect".[3]

On the July 2013, the three staff members from the Core Magazine were
arrested for having their manga almost censored. He pleaded guilty
later in December 2013. As a result of the arrest, numerous artists and
publishers began to have more self-censorship in attempt to avoid the
obsenity charge led by police.[4][5]

So while there haven't been rampant arrests in Japan for depicting genitals, the threat of arrest has resulted in significant censorship, even of mere drawings. (This seems particularly strange to me because there was a long history of explicit erotic drawings in Japan in pre-modern times).

Penis Parades

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:28
Anony111 (not verified)

Patrick,
Maybe steel penises are different. They destroy the demon vulvas! :-))
Cheers!

Finally saw the Penis Parade---good grief!

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:29

 Anony111, I just had to look up that video clip on The Daily Show, and heard the story of the demon vulva. Sure enough, there was a giant pink steel phallus being paraded through the streets of Japan, and nobody was apparently arrested. I quite like Megumi Igarashi's vulva kayak, which has at least as much right to be publicly celebrated. So Japan has arrested a few men for distributing 'indecent' materials, and now at least one woman. A very strange society, and inexplicable in how they enforce these laws. Sigh . . .

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