Japanese Artist Creating Art Inspired By Female Genitalia Found 'Not Guilty Of Obscenity'

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A Japanese court has found artist - Megumi Igarashi, not guilty of obscenity for displaying figurines modeled on her vagina, although it fined her for distributing digital data of her genitals.

The Tokyo court dismissed prosecutors' charge that Megumi Igarashi, who works under the name "Rokudenashiko" (which translates to "good-for-nothing girl"), had displayed obscene objects, saying her figurines decorated with fake fur and glitter could be considered "pop art".

The artist was arrested and briefly jailed in 2014 after building a kayak and making figurines modelled on her vagina, and sending 3D printer data of her scanned genitalia — used to make the boat — to a number of donors who helped fund the project.

Ms Igarashi's arrest and detention triggered a debate about women's rights and artistic freedom in Japan.

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