Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Japanese vagina-kayak artist was found guilty of obscenity
The judge in Japan said that her kayak is ok - it is a work of art - but because the artist sent out data allowing people to reproduce her vagina in a 3-D format, she was found guilty of violating Japan's obscenity laws.
A kayak is a type of boat created by Native Americans living in the far northern Pacific. It is a very slim boat for one rider, usually. A vagina is a woman's sexual organ. Obscenity refers to anything considered to be dirty or that might cause shame - obscenity is, basically, pornography which is considered very offensive.
Vocabulary from the article:
to be fined - to be punished by being forced to pay an amount of money to the state
genitals - her sex organ, her vagina
a case - any legal matter is called 'a case'
ridicule - when people make fun of something or mock something
female genitalia - the vagina
pseudonym - a fake name
arrested - she was taken away by the police
recipients - receivers
the penalty - the punishment
prosecutors - lawyers for the state who try to get people punished
convicted - found guilty
obscene - very dirty, very pornographic
cleared of a charge - found not-guilty of an allegation or claim that she broke the law; a charge is a claim by the state that someone broke the law. He was arrested for the charge of murder. He was charged with murder.
inorganic - not alive
to arouse - to make one want to have sex, to make one horny
a legal appeal - when lawyers go to a higher court and ask for help to change a lower court's decision
a public petition - when people sign a document saying they don't agree with a government decision
moulded - when a shape is created by pouring a liquid substance into a mold and then allowing it to get hard
a pussy - a slang term for a vagina
a diorama - a recreated landscape scene
hypocrisy - when a person says one thing but does another; in Japan the government allowed pornographic images of children to be shown in manga, but objected to reproductions of a manko (vagina)
pixelated - obscured, messed up so you can't see it clearly
The Waterboys frontman - the singer for the English rock group Waterboys