A Japanese artist who made a kayak modelled on her own vagina has been arrested again in a case that has sparked accusations of censorship.
Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokude Nashiko – offensive slang which loosely translates as “reprobate child” – was arrested in July for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D printer, inspired by her genitals.
She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom. But on Wednesday, Igarashi was re-arrested on suspicion of sending a link “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people”, a Tokyo police spokeswoman told AFP… CONTINUE
Another interesting story from The Guardian:
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble
Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art
Last month it took more than 20 firefighters to free a US student who had become trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany. But genital art elicited a very different response in Japan this week, when police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.
The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”, according to Brian Ashcraft at the gaming website Kotaku… CONTINUE
Self CBT in public ? Yes ! A couple of days ago, on November 10, 2013, Petr Andreevich Pavlensky, a Russian conceptual artist and political activist hammered a nail through his scrotum into cobblestones outside Lenin’s Mausoleum, on the day Russia marked its Police Day national holiday. The artist said in a statement that he was trying to draw attention to Russian society’s inaction in the face of the development of a police state.
Media reported the episode has happened in font of “hundreds of horrified tourists”. I’m wondering if there were instead some kinksters who greatly appreciate the show. : D
Needless to say the authorities did not appreciate the show as well. Policemen on Red Square quickly responded by first covering the naked artist with a blanket. The artist was then taken into custody and hospitalized after being removed from the pavement.
Finally, a new law in Germany creates a third sex category on birth records. It could seem like an obvious solution to some problems of intersex: if some babies are born with bodies that are neither clearly male nor female, then it seems there should be some category beside male or female. So, parents will be allowed to chose an X option instead of the typical M or F.
The legislation, which went into effect on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, was enacted in order to give parents and children more time before making life-changing sex reassignment decisions. Germany is the first European nation to offer the third gender designation.
In the past, by contrast, parents have generally relied on physicians to fix intersex children through the use of surgical and hormonal sex normalizations. Instead of individuals deciding for themselves at maturity, decisions concerning sex assignment were made in infancy by physicians and parents. Now, with the new category introduced by German law, the ambiguity presented by infants with atypical sex anatomies can be managed simply with a new label. A very good news.
David Cameron retreats in war on internet porn, admitting there will be problems down the line amid debate over censorship. In fact The Prime Minister is facing serious questions over how his plan for automatic internet porn filters in every British home would work, after he suggested that topless images such as those used on The Sun’s page three would be still be accessible online.
David Cameron used a major speech to set out a raft of reforms to protect children from poisonous pornography websites which, he said, were corroding childhood. He announced that internet service providers had agreed to introduce family-friendly filters that automatically block pornography unless customers chose to opt out. Under his proposals, by the end of next year all households will have to opt out of automatic porn filters, which would come as standard with internet broadband and cover all devices in a house. Possession of the most extreme forms of adult pornography will become an offence, while online content will have the same restrictions as DVDs sold in sex shops. You can read the full article on The Independent.
Mr Cameron ! You can’t protect us from anything
because you simply don’t understand the Internet !
This picture may even sound ironic… but… is it ? Shouldn’t access to porn be a human right ? You sit at your keyboard and can find all the stuff you want. Just remember it is not the same in other countries. You cannot imagine how long is the list of countries that filter the Internet connection of their citizen.
The most efforts are spent to block/censure political opinions and press reports, but there are a lot of countries where porn in not allowed at all and apply a severe censure (also) on the Internet. Even in an emerging country like Turkey, that aspires to be part of the European Union, it is forbidden to kiss your (straight) partner in public. I ‘m not surprised people are protesting so loudly…
May 1, Workers’ Day, celebration of the international labour movement, national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
A special thank you to all who work in the adult industry: models, actors, photographers, cameramen, directors, technicians, editors, writers, webmasters, gallery makers… Thank you for the great work you do day after day !
Petitioning The U.S. Senate ~ Protect Internet Privacy: Stop CISPA!
Under the guise of cyber-security, CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is a bill that would grant corporations the power to share our emails, Facebook messages, and other sensitive online data with the government – all without a warrant.
CISPA would kill online privacy as we know it – nullifying the laws that require big corporations to keep our information private from government agencies like the National Security Agency. Those corporations wouldn’t have to notify you that they have done this and you wouldn’t be able to take legal action against them if they made a mistake when sharing your information. While strong information security is critical to privacy and civil liberties, CISPA does almost nothing to prevent this. All it does is give the government access to your information. We beat CISPA last year when hundreds of thousands of Americans signed online petitions to let lawmakers know that our online privacy rights are not negotiable. But this bill is back and politicians who want the government to be able to read your emails and see what you purchase online are hoping you won’t speak out this time.