Why did I start making these kind of art pieces? It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine.
Have you heard of this wonderful thing called the internet?
I hope this is one of those cases where she got arrested because the authorities worried that people were actually listening to her and possibly challenging their stupid laws.
That’s that what I was about to say. The internet is made up of about 99.9% vaginas. I call bullshit on this “I had never seen the vagina of others” thing.
While the internet is made up of many wonder things, like vaginas, to my understanding you can not walk into an adult type of store in Japan and pickup something showing a vagina.
Of course then Japan does shit like this:
Possession of child pornography depicting real children is illegal in Japan since June 2014.
I’ve heard Japan produces more porn per square penis than any other nation on earth - but they’re careful to pixel the naughty bits. It’s charming, because here’s naked Japanese people moaning and groaning, and this little tiny pixel patch so… who knows?
What I’m wondering is how she went about distributing this 3d data file? I mean, it’s pretty involved to intercept a set of data points, reconstruct the original, and declare it obscene. Did the cops actually print one… or several… in latex?
My guess is the cops looked at the filename and saw something like “My Vagina.3ds” and closed the case.
Again, internet. Not walking in to stores. Internet. Lots of vaginas.
Now a song with the tune from My Sharona (actually Weird Al’s parody My Balogna) is in my head titled My Vagina.
If she had said, “I’d never seen a picture of another’s vagina”, then I’d agree with you. The vaginas I’ve encountered in person have been quite different from the pictures I’ve seen on the internet.
Huffpost has a good take on this. They explain that while the vagina is still basically a hidden object in Japan (for sex purposes only), the penis is something to be revered, and that’s not OK in the artist’s eyes. She’s trying to give the vagina the same cultural standing that a phallus has through pop imagery. It’s an understandable goal when you consider the intent is sexual equality.
She specifically mentions depictions of the penis in Japanese culture:
“Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and has become a part of pop culture. But vagina has never been so cute.”
So, I think you are mistaken, and I continue to call bullshit on this.
Now everyone can be the proverbial ‘little man in the boat’!
I think most you who can’t believe she’d never seen a vagina missed the part where she is a 42 year old artist and she’s been doing these since the start of her “career”. Turns out the internet has only really been a thing since the early 90’s so an artist in very FEMALE conservatie Japan would not likely seen an “actual” vagina outside of poorly drawn comics. Something to consider.
I have to take exception to this. They would be gloriously drawn comics, but then there would be black bars over the genitals because Japan.
But yeah, back in the early 90s your average person would have a little difficulty getting on the internet, especially in Japan and doubly so if they aren’t technical.
Vaginas are actually not that easy to see. First you have to get past the labia, both major and minor, then the sea of swirly twirly gum drops and through the Lincoln Tunnel…
Not to mention past the deluge of delicious champagne-tasting fluids squished by the feet of tiny vagina gnomes…
a) stop calling bullshit on the artist. It’s rude. It’s disrespectful, especially given that she’s speaking up about one variety of gender oppression.
b) after seeing her website I gotta wonder if Louis Vuitton is going to sue her next.
Watching that video, it’s painful to think about how much work there is to do in Japan regarding feminism. OTOH, it’s not a linear process, and Japanese feminism isn’t going to progress the same way it has in the states, so there’s plenty to look forward to. But in the meantime, ouch!
The internet makes every place in the world seem like the one you grew up in.