Japanese Artist Megumi Igarashi

Vagina figurines ruled ‘pop art’

A Japanese court says models of an artist’s vagina are art, not obscenity. Angela Moore reports.

TOKYO, JAPAN (Reuters)
A Japanese court has decided that an artist is not guilty of obscenity for displaying figurines modeled on her vagina.

Megumi Igarashi – also known as Rokudenashiko or ‘good for nothing girl’ – says her pink and gold figurines are really ‘pop art’ and a judge agreed.

However, the judge did fine the artist 400,000 yen or about 3,700 U.S. dollars for distributing digital data of her genitals.

During a news conference, Igarashi held up a paper reading “partially innocent’.

Megumi Igarashi, artist known as “Rokudenashiko”,
“I got ‘partially innocent’ but I am certain I am fully innocent. That said, I think my actions are hard to understand in our current society. I’m happy that my figurines were acknowledged by the judge as pop art.”

The artist says she will appeal her conviction for distributing obscene data.

Igarashi’s art has triggered nationwide debate about women’s rights and artistic freedom.