The decline of women artists under feminism.

You know what I miss about life when I didn’t work full-time? Time to think, that’s what. I am too rushed to think properly most nights.

So in lieu of a thoughtful essay, I will leave you with a What the – ? post, courtesy of (who else?) feminists…feminist artists, that is. 

And you already know when you see the words “feminist” and “artist” in the same phrase what that’s going to mean, don’t you.

First there was the vagina knitter, then the menstrual blood painter, and now…

Now, we might laugh this off, saying to ourselves, “No one in their right mind would take such a woman seriously as an artist!”

Au contraire.

National Public Radio took it very seriously, framing Miss Igarashi as a freedom fighter against patriarchal censorship.

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An arrest on similar charges in July resulted in Igarashi being released. At the time, she said, “I don’t believe my vagina is anything obscene,” according to the Japan Times. “I was determined I would never yield to police power.”

 

Igarashi drew headlines last year when she rowed her kayak across a Tokyo river, a trip that was meant “to confront the county’s taboos regarding the female form,” as The Washington Post reported.

 

Other than the now-famous kayak, Igarashi makes cartoon-like figurines. As she says in her Twitter bio, her vagina is the “primary motif” of her work. She also tried highlights what her supporters call flaws in Japanese laws.

 

After her July arrest, Igarashi was released from jail after an online petition drew more than 21,000 signatures.

Apparently patriarchal censorship and artistic good taste must go hand and hand.