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34 ( +38 / -4 )

She should not be silenced by those who do not see shades of grey.

21 ( +23 / -2 )

This arrest is outrageous. I don't see how a major museum/gallery in Tokyo showing famous nude sculputres/paintings and taking donations is any different. It seems like misogyny pure and simple to me. Here is another article with a video about her work.


26 ( +29 / -3 )

Manga depicting sex with minors is legal but an artist gets arrested for this? I'm not qualified to comment in the artistic value of this but it is just a vagina. Some people should get their priorities straight.

31 ( +35 / -4 )

I would say it's clever and effective and evocative use of form, rhythm, colour, repetition and scale for emphasis in this whimsical abstract piece.

A playful, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the human form.

I'm shocked they have arrested her. Seriously.

26 ( +27 / -1 )

Cops are so stupid in Japan. Meanwhile it's OK to show tons statues and sculptures of penises thought streets in Kanagawa during a festival. Or show manga with depictions of women getting raped over and over again. Or sell DVD's of 12 to 14 years old kids posing in bathing suits on a freaking porn store. But that's all totally fine.

Reminds if that guy who cut his penis, cooked it and served it to attendees of the event a year or so ago. While disgusting he did everything by the book and followed the law. Then cops wanted to arrest him for obscenity because other people complained. Simply stupid.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

I watched a few videos on this girl yesterday. She's so innocent and curious. I can see she has an honest love and sincerity for what she is doing. The fact that these J-cops arrested her is ridiculous. She is doing art. There is nothing wrong with this. It's not like she is selling her vagina photos to people. She sent a design.

Penis festival near my house is okay...it's okay for people to suck on penis popsicles... It's okay for women to ride on giant wooden cocks while shouting out Japanese there as well.

This country is so immature and sexist sometimes and it really pisses me off.

Two words J-cops. Mumo Sengen.

Google it! And you will see what real uncensored vagina is.... Getting produced here in Japan and nothing is getting done about it.... Oh wait they probably pay a special "tax" to police...so it's all legal....

13 ( +17 / -4 )

This arrest is totally ridiculous. It was easy, of course, a lot easier than controlling the filthy adult manga industry in open view at convenience stores. Shame on those who pretend to do their job. Obscenity laws are a big joke in this country and their interpretation is subjective.

BTW, a 3D printer was not needed to create these huge stone phallic symbols at temples in Japan. 

15 ( +19 / -4 )

Good thing Georgia O'Keeffe wasn't Japanese. So an artist is arrested while cartoonists who specialize in sexually explicit content are free to ply their trade. Interesting...

9 ( +10 / -1 )

We all popped out of one (mostly) so I really fail to see how vaginas are obscene .....

19 ( +19 / -0 )

But the statue (copy of Manneken Pis) in Hamamatsucho is ok. Maybe if it was a copy of Jeanneke Pis, it won't be. Also all those "Onna hole" toys are ok? Where is the line? What is the line? Arbitrary police action?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Let's not heap all our anger on the J-cops, save up some for the public prosecutors who actually approved the arrest.

Whenever I see an arrest I ask myself, "Who was hurt?".


Then it cannot be a crime. No victim = No crime.

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@Jeff. Okay with ONE post you fully convinced me that this obscenity law is unfair. Furthermore I suspect gender discrimination.


The links you posted are not the only place where I've seen open male genitalia.

There's a chinese restaurant called 8 Cafe near Roppongi Hills that has a FULL size golden penis in the middle of the restaurant.

It's time to stop such discrimination. Allow women to express themselves artistically and sexually. WE need to make a stand for this woman.

They are going to suffocate her!! Women readers if you don't respond to this you shouldn't complain it's a man's world later on.

With all the disturbing comments in Japan's parliament and politicians belittling women this arrest is just the byproduct of their chauvinism. If you allow this to happen women will always be under the foot of Japanese men.


8 ( +9 / -1 )

She just wants to make a kayak. Don't know what the big deal is.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Geez, it's just art, just art. I thought that's what being an artist is all about: freedom of artistically expression, why should anyone get upset about it. Are these people serious. There were NO children abused, NO animals abused. The police should arrest people that really need to be arrested. I swear Japan is starting to look like a police state.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Just to keep tabs here on what the criminal justice system thinks needs to be controlled:

rape porn featuring schoolgirls = OK

Woman making model of part of her body in a completely harmless and in offensive way = illegal obscenity justifying imprisonment

Of course, living in a country where the legislators who decide what is illegal feel free to openly heap sexist abuse on their female colleagues while debating policy I suppose this isn`t surprising.

It is however, absolutely disgusting. With a lot of these types of stories it is possible to say "Yeah, but this sort of problem exists in other countries too so its not specifically a Japan problem."

In this case though I cannot imagine anything like this happening anywhere else in the developed world (well, Singapore maybe, but other than that....)

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Totally support what she is about. She is trying to push boundaries and break that glass ceiling.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Just another PR stunt.

-19 ( +5 / -24 )

In other countries than Japan, the vagina has long been a featured subject for female artists. I mention the great Georgia O'Keefe as one example. With rise of feminism, feminist artists took it as a serious subject. It's almost traditional for female artists.

I look at the picture of this woman at the top of the page, riding in her vagina kayak, and I don't think dirty thoughts. I think, gosh, she really has a beautiful smile. The arrest is rather a national shame in my opinion, and it's long past time the country's attitude's about women moved out of the 16th century.

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I've actually never heard of Megumi, and just having a look at what she does I find it really bizarre that she has been arrested, especially in Japan. She clearly is a social commentator and someone who has something to say about gender in Japan, and there is hardly anything offensive about her 'Pussy Boat' (mods?) - it's bright yellow after all.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

so if i distributed data of a carrot, would i be arrested also?

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Rokude Nashiko which roughly translates as “bastard kid”

Very roughly. A rokudenashi is a good-for-nothing, a slacker. "Bastard" is a bit too strong and still has a very specific meaning aside from its use as an expletive.

The arrest must be good news, since it means that the authorities in Japan have already caught every murderer, rapist, thief and pedophile in the country and so have time to take an interest in art.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

she is clearly a little eccentric and not sure i see the "art" in her ideas, but nevertheless seems like a sill arrest when we have tons of awful porn freely available in this country.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

There are much more things worse than what she is doing. Look at the magazines, Kabukicho or any other red light district, the phallic festival, etc. I don't even know that anybody would have recognized the vagina kayak or the vagina artwork unless it was pointed out to you. How much do you want to bet that these same police officers were out at hostess clubs or worse that very night. Let her go and leave her alone. Her stuff is not graphic. Just simply give a warning not to get graphic and keep it looking as art.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

How is this illegal but child porn in manga is legal?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

If she didn't put her vagina data for 3D on line, she wouldn't have been arrested. I think that's the borderline.

0 ( +5 / -4 )

Such bumb arse laws, child porn is OK but goodness a Virginia ?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Taboos are different. Birth was traditionally the most taboo thing in Japan but it is what our (Christmas, Easter) festivals are about, and sex is at the root of Western taboos but features centrally, in the form of giant phalli or naked men at Japanese festivals. Rice cake beating (mochitsuki), a central ritual in the Japanese Christmas, is a metaphor for sex (amotsuku). Young Japanese girls could read manga about male homosexual sex (Yaoi) because there were no women and certainly no women's sex organs. The difference is upon the sex of what is tabooed. Male in the West. Female in Japan. There is nothing intrinsically indecent about sex or birth, giant phalli or yoni, but this 'artist' fell foul of Japanese standards of decency.

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Hopefully the charges against her get dropped in court, I don't see why they won't since there's a legitimate violation of freedom of expression case here (and she obviously has a lot of public support) but these sort of things have always been very complicated in Japan due to the peculiar laws they have for it. You can't really blame the J-cops for just doing their job, the laws just happen to coalesce into something very confounding and certainly in needing of modernization. In a very cynical but amusing way pretty much this whole debacle is basically just due to one classification law; she hasn't registered it as porn but art. That's it. That's why other kinds of pornography and sex toys are fine but distribution of this is not, the legal authorities just went 'She's distributing porn. But she hasn't categorized it as porn! Let's arrest her!' says one cop. 'But isn't it just art?' asks another cop. 'No it's definitely porn. Let's arrest her.' That's it. Yeah the laws really need to be modified. Furthermore the notion of male chauvinism is not entirely true. Firstly in the case of the penis shrines there are actually vagina stones you can find there as well, though I think only the penises get carried around for festivals but you can buy vagina memorabilia and talismans from there as well. It isn't protested though because it's a cultural thing that predates the censorship laws and protesting it (I imagine someone has in the past) would also violate the freedom of religious expression law. Secondly this is not the first case of something like this. Remember in Shimane when they protested the erection (no pun intended) of a replica nude Italian statue of David and asked to have pants put on it. Same deal but nothing came of that because again it was freedom of expression. There are also hanging breasts along with golden penises at that Chinese restaurant in Roppongi too so you can't really accuse the Japanese of only picking on women looking at these cases. The lack of action taken against it I think is only due to a lack of awareness of it. The public (whether male of female) seem to sensibly not care and the police have probably yet to find it. Then there's the laws on animated and illustrated porn which takes on another whole dimension. To me this is less male chauvinism and more a well known "female" artist getting caught in the "cobwebs" of Japan's bureaucratic legal system.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Oh, for the love of... If the Japanese have one legitimate thing to be angry at the US about, it is that the US didn't rid them of this obscene law. I literally cannot live in Japan because of this law. No joke. So much for Japan being a land of freedom of expression I guess.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

If she didn't put her vagina data for 3D on line, she wouldn't have been arrested. I think that's the borderline.

I think the police justification is more likely to be that she is taking money in the form of donations and that this is in some sense selling pornography. They also seized her art, not just the 3D digital file.

I think it's time for Japan to clarify the pornography censorship laws, and I hope this case can be a catalyst.

The problem is that the police could be justified in doing what they did under current laws. Video/Picture pornography is produced by the capturing of light photons through a camera that are later assembled to create an approximate representation of the scene that was captured. In this case, the representation is being reproduced by other technical means such as clay and moulds. In theory, and according to copyright law, there really is no legal difference. However, its even more difficult to see how pornographic manga drawings should be exempt from current censorship laws as artwork. Its hard to see why drawing a picture of a hypothetical vagina is art but taking a photo or impression of an actual one is pornography. As @songwillem2011 mentions above, It would raise the question whether under Japanese law major famous artwork like Michelangelo's David, which was sculpted based on an actual man, is in fact pornography.

Japan has had this debate about written obscenity when the supreme court upheld the ban on publishing the book 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' in the 1950s, but surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly) the supreme court has never agreed to hear a case about censorship laws for visual pornography.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Of course this is outrageous and just wrong -- but if it gets enough publicity, maybe people finally start rethinking their riduculous Meiji-era "obscenity laws", which is fine to me. This has to be changed. So don't just rage about this. In the end it's always cases like this that ignite real change. So I strongly support this artist as well.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Has anybody been to an onsen and seen the big cock and pussy statues they have there? How about the big cock festival they have in Japan? This woman has been victimized by double standards and she should be during the flops for false arrest.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

She's right, the Manga 'artists' --notably the male ones- got all up in arms when they felt their 'art' was under threat, that depicting rape and assault and children being subjected to rape and assault was 'art' and should be protected --and WAS--, but a digital 3D representation of one of the most beautiful things in nature is 'obscene'???, where do most of us pop out from again? The double standards are SO obvious its laughable.

@Farm: Kayak, not boat.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Technically, it's a sculpture of her vulva, not her vagina.

As for 3D models of Japanese genitalia, do they come out like a load of random Lego bricks?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

But hey, gang and kiddy rape is okay in comics and cartoons, and rape in regular porn, and if you try to stop it it's a heinous abuse of freedom of speech. Show a representation of a very natural, beautiful, and obviously vital human body part and it's "obscene". Ever wonder why this society is falling apart with morals like this?

And by the way, Japanese are often quite proud of the Edo and other period drawings and paintings, displayed in museums even, which very graphically show genitals.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Void for vagueness.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sorry, but I'm going to disagree with everyone on here. As a father of young girls, I want my children to stay children for as long as possible. The longer they can stay innocent and unaware of the sometimes twisted world of adults ,the better as far as I'm concerned. I know that young people think they should be allowed to see or do just about anything they want, and I know my kids will probably feel the same way when they're a bit older, but I don't care, I just want my kids to remain innocent for as long as possible. Maybe when some of you people get older and have kids of your own, you might feel the same.

-16 ( +5 / -21 )

You can buy vibrators without a problem whats the issue? Police nothing better to do?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

primitive Japan strikes again!

How daft can the authorities be in this country, hint VERY!

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Jack66, not to be a downer or anything, but I am pretty sure both your daughters have vaginas. What message are you sending them if you keep enforcing the notion that they are shameful? Its not like she made a 3D mold of her lady bits being assaulted by a giant phallus or anything... no need for the patronizing tone about having kids either.

Kids are going to see penis and vaginas - if you can see them in an onsen, what is the problem seeing them in art?

We all gotta physically grow up sometime, no?

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Perhaps the writers could learn the difference between the vagina and the vulva.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Does anyone have a link / info about her "Internet crowd funding site" ?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I literally cannot live in Japan because of this law. No joke.

What? You literally cannot live in Japan because you are not allowed to distribute for payment data allowing people to create obscene models using a 3D printer? So you were able to live here until 3D printers came along?

I'm not sure that arresting this little girl is the right way to go about it, but what she's doing is not art. Whimsical kitsch yes; a bit naughty/cheeky, maybe; art, no.

5 ( +9 / -3 )

Jack66, I've got young daughters too, but I'm more worried about them growing up in a police state that might send them off to jail for expressing themselves as artists. If anything is twisted in this story, it's the police arresting this woman.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

They're kids Tokiyo. They know what they've got, and they don't need to see them turned into giant kayaks. And as for patronizing, when you're able to see things from an adults point of view, then maybe you won't think other people's opinions sound patronizing. Time to grow up

-18 ( +3 / -21 )

No more bickering please.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

She was arrested for distribution, as the data is to make a 3D copy of her private parts. Doing a fundraiser publicly was stupid and got her noticed.

Most of the Japanese fertility festivals were made illegal by the US Administration after WWII, ditto for prostitution.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The only thing she is guilty of is bad taste, but you can't arrest people for that!

1 ( +6 / -5 )

The very first reply in this thread by Jeff Huffman illustrates perfectly that this arrest is ridiculous, and is nothing more than a cash grab. She raised 1 million so far, the 'fine' will be about 2.5 million.....I see.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Commanteer, Well then Mate, maybe Japan just isn't the country for you. Not everyone has the right makeup to be able to live here.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

She was looking for her Andy Warhol "15 minutes of fame," but the authorities snatched it away from her...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What? You literally cannot live in Japan because you are not allowed to distribute for payment data allowing people to create obscene models using a 3D printer?

I literally cannot live in a place run by puritan laws. That has nothing to do with the technology involved. And art is whatever the artist decides is art.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Well she probably knew the risks going into this so her arrest and imprisonment won't be a shock to her. She can just be a martyr and make her case known to the World as Pussy Riot did for gays and lesbians in Russia.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

If she'd gone for a racing shell she could be the cox.

“Japan is still a society where those who try to express women’s sexuality are suppressed, while men’s sexuality is overly tolerated,” she said.

Non sequitur. Guyjunk is also pixelated in Japan.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

" “Japan is still a society where those who try to express women’s sexuality are suppressed, while men’s sexuality is overly tolerated,” she said. "

Well, actually, depiction of male genitalia is forbidden in the same way, so she is wrong. (Except in the context of fertility shrines, so maybe she can find a Shinto deity to help her case).

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I literally cannot live in a place run by puritan laws.

You've seen the giant willies in the festivals, the porn openly available in conbinis, the hostess clubs, massage parlours, enjo kosai, deriheri clubs, all the outlets for Japan's 'notoriously vibrant pornography industry that caters to a vast array of tastes', and you think Japan is run by puritan laws? Which porno heaven do you live in, then?

art is whatever the artist decides is art

art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when I see little plaster casts of vulva, I do not see beauty or anything with any emotional power, just a little tacky, though admittedly clever in a cheeky kind of way, piece of kitsch. Maybe she intends it as art, and that's her prerogative; I don't accept it as art, and that's my prerogative.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

What a seriously inhibited un-evolved response to female sexuality. Particularly with all the military posturing and ramifications.


3 ( +3 / -0 )

Funny name though... Rokude Nashiko (means "bstard, asshle child" in japanese)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I don't think she should have been nicked, but I really don't know why she wants a kayak to look like her lady bits... as for selling data to print off her nether regions... why would any woman even want to do that? It's basically the same as taking photos of her vagina and asking people to pay to have them emailed to them. I don't know who are worse - her for zero self respect and using her body to make money, or the saddos downloading and printing off models of her bits.

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I think this is a very unique idea and would enjoy seeing the Vagina Kayak team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! I don't see a problem accept that instead of being a target of unsolicited discrimination or mental or physical harm, this is a woman who is expressing joy over a part of the body women are told to hide or pretend doesn't exist. One day, my at- the -time -young daughter walked to the restroom at a convenience store with me. (Ever notice how the "adult reading" section is on the way to the restroom?) She pointed out all the "unhappy naked women" on magazine covers. Yep, she noticed that the "women" on the porn magazines were not laughing and full of joy. I do also wonder why men can't buy porn where a woman is really just having a good time and smiling. How many sculptures are there of naked women, buttocks and breasts and no pubic hair standing alone out in the hot humidity or covered with snow all throughout Japan? Lonely, isolated, naked women statues that some city council, (no doubt full of old cronies) coughed up some tax money to erect! So let Ms. Igarashi enjoy her Vagina Kayak and market it and become rich off of it. She deserves as much a shot at being rich because of her art as anyone else who makes a living off of objectifying women or men.

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So is JT in violation of any laws by showing a picture of a Kayak that is specifically made to resemble female genitilia? Where is the Kayak now, are the young cops looking at it (in violation of obscenity laws)? Is the Kayak someplace where young children can see it and be scarred for life??

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I wonder what the Japanese law makers think about the Kanamara Festival and such "Phallus festivals". These are totally tolerated because they are supposedly "traditional" and organised by a Shinto sanctuary, but basically show penises and vaginas sculpture everywhere.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Groan. Just when I thought Japan was free of these types of attention seeking narcissists, unlike other countries.

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"Activist Minori Kitahara said police raided Igarashi's office and seized 20 of her artworks"

The article should be titled "Police Snatch Vagina Art!" And they probably raided her studio, not her office.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Kinda cute for 42 tho.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

An unpiculated vigina??? That is enough to turn society into ruin.

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Her 'art' idea was tasteless IMO, but don't the authorities have some bigger fish to fry? How about the Manga industry for purveying pseudo child pornography through its 'literature'? How about teen bikini magazines that dodge pornography laws by showing underage models in swimwear, posed to titillate the reader?

No much easier to go after a woman with a voice. Gotta keep the last say on those vaginas firmly in the hands of the LDP and the oyajis.

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Campaigners had long urged Japan to toughen its stance on child pornography, complaining it was a major source of the material for global markets.

What does this have to do with the article? A bit off topic aren't we?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Hypocrisy nation Japan!

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Japanese obscenity laws are in some serious need for revision, I can't imagine the authorities don't see the blatant irony in the whole ban on genitalia when just about anything else is permitted. Maybe the thinking is similar to the No-Dancing law, by technically relegating the entire porn industry to a legal gray area the authorities have a convenient excuse to swoop in and shut down any operation at will. Then again, just about anything goes in this country so if their goal is to keep the porn industry in check, they're doing an awfully poor job at it. I guess it could also be that this is an issue no lawmaker wants to touch.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

What I particularly find indecent is that Igarashi is being held in lengthy detention like a common criminal.

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Cleo, I would say your prerogative ends short of the ability to throw people in prison. You should stop to think about whether all of the excesses you don't like in Japanese porn are a result of the simple fact that you can't see an unaltered image of the equipment we were born with anywhere in the country. People have a way of overcompensating like that.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

scipantheist, my prerogative to decide whether I think something is art or not has nothing at all to do with anyone's ability to throw people in prison. I said that I do not agree that Japan is 'run by puritan laws'. Where in that do you read that I think there are excesses in Japanese porn, or that I don't like them? I've made no comment on whether porn in general is good or bad (personally, I'm indifferent, not interested), neither have I asked that anyone be thrown into prison. I think you're clutching the wrong end of a large stick.

you can't see an unaltered image of the equipment we were born with anywhere in the country

There's plenty of the real thing to be seen.

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Like her style...Let her out... Nothing pornographic about it. It is the suppression of images of the human form that ultimately help fuel the craving for pornography. On the otherhand, can it be called art? Whatever you want to call it-it is a good thing...a natural thing...

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@Cleo As long as we agree the law is obscene. BTW, this story made the BBC. Woot! Progress! (maybe)

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

It is just a vagina

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Its a fricken vagina!!! Everyone will see one at some point in their life so GROW UP!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Just talking with my no-longer-impressionable daughter who just said, "She should get together with Ms. Obukata of the STAP cell research fame and grow a real vagina from stem cells. Maybe they can encourage its growth with words of empowerment. "

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Half the world has a vagina. Crazy cray crazy!

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“would love to know the conclusion to all this, given that half the country seems to chasing after these "obscenities" at any given time!”

Eugenically, males must chase after females (including their ‘obscenities’) and females must select the best male there is. That’s because all females must be mothers while none of the inferior males must be allowed to be a father. To do, long time ago males would fight it out among themselves to weed out the weaklings, while females, looking aside as if nothing concerns them, harvest the best male there is—sort of winner take all business. This results in millions of virgin males both in animal kingdom and in human society. Unlike animals who soon forget about everything when season is over, the defeated human males, however, would never give up, would keep chasing after the winner’s women at any given time, by hook or by crook. Thus it is these winners’ (eugenic) obligation to deny the access of these inferior yet aspiring virgin males to their women, also by hook or by crook, including lock them up indoors all the time; loosely cover them up from head to toe when present in public places is unavoidable, etc. So that’s the origin of obscenity, a human-society-only invention—a big No No to exposing women’s body parts, from the artist’s boat thing all the way to hand and feet, depending on region and society, to prevent the weeded individuals from taking advantages.

Those responsible for formatting the “conclusion to all this” take note: in modern Western society women take things into their own hands—if she does not want you, she doesn’t want you even if you are a winner, so covering her body parts up does not necessary mean eugenic benefit; modern contraceptive methods further diminishes the importance of the eugenics thing. Or, in the future the main debate could be whether it’s a thing of beauty or what having those things all over shopping malls.

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So where are her fellow artists when she needs them? This arrest over innocence sculptures only shows hoe low J-cops are and how hypocritical Japanese society is. Artists are usually the first to protest against nonsense like this. So I ask again, where are Japan's artists? Why are we not hearing from them?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Child pornography is acceptable, phallic symbols are worshipped but a woman's vulva is obscene. What a country.

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Everyone bashing the police please remember that an arrest like this is likely based on an external decision.

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Sorry, but I'm going to disagree with everyone on here. As a father of young girls, I want my children to stay children for as long as possible. The longer they can stay innocent and unaware of the sometimes twisted world of adults ,the better as far as I'm concerned.

I feel sorry for your girls, as your Puritanical outlook will mean they enter school ignorant of the things the other children already know. Jack, you don't know "jack" about what daddy's little girls will have to deal with even at the elementary school level. Keeping them in a vacuum under the mistaken belief you are "protecting them" will only make things that much worse when they finally break free of your oppressive control.

Ohhh she's a little runaway Daddy's girl learned fast Now she works the night away.
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To have all these people supporting this sort of "artistic expression" goes a long way to confirm that the world is already twisted.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Welcome to the 21st century, Kalumekenge. Time to put away the burkas.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I do not see the big problem...what about the Kanamara Matsuri?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

People are dying of hunger and poverty and disease and this woman (and apparently many JT readers) thinks showing her private parts is a battle worth fighting? What an idiot.

-1 ( +2 / -4 )

Totally is a battle worth fighting. This is about the quality of life in Japan as a supposedly modern country. It has nothing to do with hunger, poverty, and disease so take those arguments elsewhere.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This is about the quality of life in Japan as a supposedly modern country

Yes, that's why Japan is doing this. Freedom is NOT always right.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Show me a case where it isn't and I'll show you a democracy-hating bunch of thugs. Freedom of expression needs no limitations.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Japan has already too much freedom of sexual and violent expression in media and books. That's not good for kids. I remember when I was a kid I was deeply shocked by those books and TV programs.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is illegal and Japan adult video is not illegal? Not allowing art and allowing awful sex video?

strange legal system.

I saw Courbet's vagina painting at the Orsay which was quite what it was. I mean not active kind of what it was anyway whatever it was it was an art regardless of if I understood it or not. I wonder what would happen if Paris allows Tokyo museum to display that painting on behalf of art, Paris should do that to try Tokyo.

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Totally is a battle worth fighting.

Because you say so, right?

This is about the quality of life in Japan as a supposedly modern country.

Silly me. Who knew "quality of life" was a synonym for floating in a plastic vagina and emailing 3D renderings of your private bits to anyone who will contribute a dollar.

It has nothing to do with hunger, poverty, and disease so take those arguments elsewhere.

I think everyone with a brain in their head thinks that hunger, poverty and disease have a lot more to do with "quality of life" than anything this borderline crazy woman has on her agenda.

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@hidingout Maybe it has more to do with "quality of life" but the two initiatives HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER. Legalizing depictions of the human body will not take a dime away from fighting hunger, poverty, and disease.

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