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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

August 1, 2017
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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

“Good for nothing girl” Rokudenashiko has turned her art to a new cause: fighting Japan’s controversial anti-terrorism law. Rokudensahiko, or Megumi Igarashi, has long worked to fight gender inequality and to destigmatize the depiction of female genitalia in Japanese artwork. Her “vagina art” resulted in obscenity charges against the artist after she distributed 3D plans for…

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Japanese Artist Rokudenashiko: “My Body is Not an Obscenity”

June 10, 2016
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Japanese cartoonist Rokudenashiko recently celebrated the release of her new book What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by challenging claims by the Japanese government that her art, and subsequently her body, is obscene. In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the artist, whose real name is Megumi…

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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

May 10, 2016
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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

A Japanese court yesterday imposed a fine of 400,000 yen (about $3,667) on artist Megumi Igarashi for distributing 3D plans of her own genitals via the Internet. The plans were among the premiums in her crowdfunding campaign, which raised money for her project to construct a full-size “vagina kayak.” Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym…

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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children.” The statement came in the…

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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

March 24, 2016
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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

Just a few months after a UN envoy recommended that Japan ban certain types of manga and anime to somehow protect real children from abuse, a separate UN committee has now entered the fray by urging the government to ban “the sale of video games or cartoons involving sexual violence against women.” What the committee…

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Why Banning Extreme Manga Fails To Protect Children

December 16, 2015
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Recent media coverage of UN Special Envoy Maud de Boer-Buquicchio’s recommendations to Japan for combating child sexual abuse emphasized her assertion that the country should, “ban manga of extreme child pornographic content.” This recommendation is a wrong-minded and unfortunate distraction from the larger substance of her worthy efforts – ending the abuse and exploitation of real children. A glance…

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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

October 30, 2015
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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

A UN special envoy on child protection waded into the debate over manga and anime in Japan this week, urging the country to ban “particular, extreme child pornographic content” even if it does not involve any actual children. In a press conference wrapping up a week-long fact-finding visit on underage sex trafficking, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio…

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Tokyo Prison Under Fire for Banning Gay Manga

October 22, 2015
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The Tokyo Bar Association issued a sexual orientation discrimination warning to the Tokyo Detention House earlier this week when it was found out that they had been explicitly refusing an inmate access to manga which depicts homosexual sex acts — a refusal that is not upheld when inmates request materials portraying heterosexual sex acts. Asahi…

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Japan Censors Artist for Vagina Kayak

August 20, 2015
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In a country that celebrates the male phallus, Japanese artist Rokudenashiko has been charged with the distribution and dissemination of obscene materials and faces up two years in prison and a $20,000 fine for using her own vagina as the subject of her artwork. Last year, self-proclaimed feminist artist Megumi Igarashi — known as Rokudenashiko…

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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

July 28, 2015
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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

Despite last month’s Chinese ban on dozens of manga and anime series that were said to “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” social media users in China are easily circumventing the restrictions by sharing content online. According to a BBC News report, the hashtag #DeathNote is a top trending topic on microblogging…

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