Megumi Igarashi is a 42-year-old Japanese artist who has been arrested for distributing a digital file of her “Vagina selfie for 3D printers.” She faces up to two years in jail for the alleged infraction.
As an artist, Igarashi goes by the pseudonym of “Rokudenashiko,” which supposedly translates as “good-for-nothing girl.” Her work focuses on all things vaginal. Her output includes vaginal iPhone covers, a vagina kayak, and a diorama where workers from the contaminated Fukushima nuclear power plant walk around atop a giant vulva.
In a country that sees no shame in cartoon kiddie porn and having an annual penis festival yet casts dark shadows on any public depiction of the female procreative organs, she says her mission is to “demystify” the vagina.
She elaborates upon her motivation for becoming a vaginal sculptress:
Why did I start making this kind of art pieces? That was because I had not seen pussy of others and worried too much about mine. I did not know what a pussy should look like at the same time I though mine is just abnormal. Manko, pussy, has been such a taboo in the Japanese society.
Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and signed as a part of pop culture. But pussy has never been so cute.
Pussy has been thought to be obscene because it’ [sic] been overly hidden although it is just a part of women’s body.
I wanted to make pussy more casual and pop. That’s how I came to make a pussy lampshade, a remote-controlled pussy car, a pussy accessary, a pussy smartphone case, and so on.
She recently crowd-funded a project for “The World’s First 3D Scanned Peach on the Beach.” The goal was to scan her nether regions and use the data to “make a pussy boat that will go across the ocean!”
To reward some of her financial contributors, she allegedly distributed a digital file of her 3D vaginal scan to 30 or so supporters and was arrested on obscenity charges as a result.
If you care about freedom of speech…and about vaginas…and about women’s freedom to not only speak about, but through their vaginas…you will support the global campaign to free not only Rokudenashiko but also her vagina so she can complete her dream of paddling across the ocean in her “pussy boat,” an event that will at least equal, and possibly surpass, George Washington crossing the Delaware in terms of historical importance and all-around gravitas.