What is Obscenity? by Rokudenashiko
The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy

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...a fantastic memoir manga that describes the artist’s time in jail as well as her own artistic process. Interspersed between chapters are photographs, thoughtful short essays, and quotes from news pieces in Japan and the United States that examine obscenity, the artist’s intent, the prosecutorial and arrest process in Japan, and Roku’s own case.
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A graphic memoir of a good-for-nothing Japanese artist who has been jailed twice for so-called acts of obscenity and the distribution of pornographic materials yet continues to champion the art of pussy. In a society where one can be censored, pixelated, and punished, Rokudenashiko asks what makes pussy so problematic?

Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl”) is a Japanese artist. She is known for her series of decorated vulva moulds, or "Decoman," a portmanteau of decorated and manko, slang for vagina. Distributing a 3D scan of her genitalia to crowdfunding supporters led to her arrest for alleged violation of Japanese obscenity laws.

 

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Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) is a Japanese sculptor and mangaka. She is known for her series of decorated vulva moulds, or "Deco-man," a portmanteau of "decorated" and "manko," which is Japanese slang for vagina. The moulds have taken the shape of dioramas, kawaii characters and a kayak based on a 3D scan of her genitalia, which she dubbed the “pussy boat.” Distributing the 3D scan to crowdfunding supporters led to her arrest in 2014 for alleged violation of Japanese obscenity laws. Her work is noted for challenging Japanese perceptions of female sexuality through taboo skewering humour and wit.
 
Published May 10, 2016 by Koyama Press. 168 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Michelle Martinez on Jun 01 2016

...a fantastic memoir manga that describes the artist’s time in jail as well as her own artistic process. Interspersed between chapters are photographs, thoughtful short essays, and quotes from news pieces in Japan and the United States that examine obscenity, the artist’s intent, the prosecutorial and arrest process in Japan, and Roku’s own case.

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