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Japanese Artist Arrested While Crowdfunding For Her Vagina Kayak

A woman in Japan was allegedly arrested for breaking obscenity laws while crowdfunding for a 3D-printed "Pussy Boat."

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The 42-year-old allegedly broke Japanese obscenity laws by sending 3D printer data of her scanned vagina through email to over 30 people.

Those who contributed to the "Pussy Boat" crowdfunding project could get 3D scanned data of Rokudenashiko's privates.

She was arrested based on a law in Japan that makes it illegal to sell, distribute, or display “obscene objects.”

In Japan women's privates are not typically spoken about, so Rokudenashiko hopes to demistify female privates through her art.

"Vagina has been thought to be obscene because it has been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body,” she explained. “I wanted to make the vagina more ‘casual’."

In Japanese female genitalia are referred to as the discrete "asako" ("down there"), while Rokudenashiko tries to use the more descriptive "manko" ("pussy"), which is heard as an extremely vulgar word.

For men, there are no words with the same taboo and instead many playful words for "penis" which are used by people of all ages without discretion.


"I don't think this is obscene," Rokudenashiko is quoted as saying by the police.




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There is a petition on that was started to release the artist, who is being held in Tokyo, and remove such obscenity laws.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.

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