This is Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, or Rokudenashi-ko, the “Good-for-nothing Girl”
Currently, she is facing some legal heat for distributing digital files of a kayak shaped like her vagina.
Prosecutors claim she violated the law “Waisetsu Butsu Hanpu To”, or Distribution of Obscene Objects. Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code reads “a person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years, a fine of not more 2,500,000 yen or a petty fine. The same shall apply to a person who possesses the same with the purpose of sale.”
Igarashi denied the charges during a court appearance this week and says she’s done nothing wrong in providing the code to 3D print the kayak.
“I am innocent because neither the data for female genitals, nor my art works shaped like female genitals, are obscene,” Igarashi said before a panel of judges at Tokyo District Court.
What do you think? Was this really an obscene gesture or just totally blown out of proportion?