Japanese artist who made kayak modeled on her vagina found guilty of obscenity

Japanese artist who made kayak modeled on her vagina found guilty of obscenity
Megumi Igarashi is up the creek on her own vagina boat (Image: Japan Times)

[Ed. – Georgia O’Keeffe could not be reached for comment.]

A Japanese artist who made a kayak modelled on her vagina has been found guilty of breaking the country’s obscenity laws, in a case that has invited widespread ridicule of attitudes towards images of female genitalia.

Megumi Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – or good-for-nothing girl – was arrested in July 2014 after she distributed data that enabled recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.

The 44-year-old was fined 400,000 yen (£2,575), half the penalty demanded by prosecutors, at the Tokyo district court on Monday after she was convicted of distributing “obscene” images. She was cleared of another charge of displaying similar material.

Igarashi distributed the data to help raise funds to create a kayak inspired by her genitalia she called “pussy boat”.

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