Art as activism in Japan

The case of a good-for-nothing kid and her pussy

Authored by: Mark McLell

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315475059-17

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Abstract

In July 2014 Japanese ‘vagina artist’ Megumi Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashiko or ‘Good-for-nothing kid’, was arrested at her home in Tokyo on suspicion of distributing obscene material (Rokudenashiko 2016: 11). The objects in question were a number of art pieces that she had fashioned from silicon moulds as well as a digital 3D scan of her own vulva, or manko in Japanese. Although Rokudenashiko was released one week later without charge, she was re-arrested in December that year and held for three weeks, this time being officially charged with obscenity. In the resulting court case her various ‘deco-man’ (decorative manko) were found not to be obscene but she was found guilty of distributing an obscene item – the data from the 3D scan of her vulva.

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