Child porn was legal until a month ago in Japan, and you can still find vending machines selling soiled underwear. But a woman who wanted to make a vagina-shaped kayak is behind bars.
Who knew a country notorious for selling used underwear in vending machines could be so prudish?
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested this week for distributing “obscene” design files to make 3-D-printed models of her vagina. Igarashi, who goes by the nom de art Rokudenashiko (“Good-For-Nothing-Girl”), was thrown behind bars after Japanese authorities intercepted emails of 3-D printed data of her genitalia, sent in an effort to crowdfund her most ambitious project to date: an oceangoing, vagina-shaped kayak, nicknamed the “pussy boat.” A Change.org petition calling for her release collected more than 15,000 signatures in one day.