Last month it took more than 20 firefighters to free a US student who had become trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany. But genital art elicited a very different response in Japan this week, when police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina. The artist, whose real name is Megumi Igarashi, was held in custody in Tokyo on suspicion of breaking Japanese obscenity laws. Media reports said Igarashi, 42, denied the allegations. She pointed out that had not sent images of her vagina in return for money and did not recognise the scanned 3D data as obscene. Kyodo quoted unnamed police sources as saying Igarashi had collected about 1m yen in exchange for the data.
Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest - Japan Today
Vagina dentata Latin for toothed vagina describes a folk tale in which a woman's vagina is said to contain teeth, with the associated implication that sexual intercourse might result in injury, emasculation , or castration for the man involved. The topic of "vagina dentata" may also cover a rare medical condition affecting the vagina, in which case it is more accurately termed a vaginal dermoid cyst. Such folk stories are frequently told as cautionary tales warning of the dangers of unknown women and to discourage rape. Erich Neumann relays one such myth in which "a fish inhabits the vagina of the Terrible Mother; the hero is the man who overcomes the Terrible Mother, breaks the teeth out of her vagina, and so makes her into a woman. The legend also appears in the mythology of the Chaco and Guiana tribes of South America.
The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below. This arrest is outrageous. It seems like misogyny pure and simple to me.
A Japanese artist currently on trial for obscenity over vagina sculptures says her arrest shows how far behind her country is in terms of sexual equality. Japan is famous for its buoyant porn industry but obscenity laws still forbid either photographs or other depiction of actual genitalia. The fact that I was arrested for this is just strange.