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Out Of Silence Sparks Dialogue About Abortion

A new play seeks to prompt discussion, following the success of The Vagina Monologues.

Photo Courtesy of Advocates for Youth, Tuyet Pham (on the left) and Celeste Jones (right)

A new play debuted in Washington D.C. earlier this week called Out of Silence, which consists of 13 different scenes about abortion based on real people’s accounts.

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Japanese Artist Arrested for Her Vagina Art, Again

Japanese authorities apparently aren’t as inspired by female genitalia as Megumi Igarashi.

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Wherever artist Megumi Igarashi can be found, so too can her creative muse—her vagina. But it’s this particular anatomical inspiration that has gotten her into hot water with Japanese authorities. Earlier this year, the 42-year-old artist was arrested for posting a video online detailing her plans to build a kayak modeled after a 3D rendering of her vagina, and attempting to crowdfund the costs. Japanese police, none too pleased with Igarashi’s affectionately named “pussy boat,” briefly held her on obscenity charges before releasing the artist. Then, this past Wednesday, Igarashi was detained yet again on the same charges, with police infuriated by figurines of her lady parts displayed in a local sex toy store. She was also apparently again liable for distributing a link “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people,” said a Tokyo police spokeswoman to The Japan Times.

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How Not to Talk About Vaginas

While a burgeoning vaginal industry may mean we're more comfortable talking about vaginas, it doesn't mean we're down with the genitalia itself.


The Associated Press went long on the business of vaginas last week, detailing how American producers and consumers are embracing an "increased comfort with women's nether regions." The evidence? Companies are openly hawking jewels for women's pubic mounds, douches for their vaginal canals, and dyes for their pubic hair. But while a burgeoning vaginal industry may mean we're more comfortable talking about vaginas, it doesn't mean we're down with the genitalia itself.

The AP quotes Deborah Mitchell, executive director for the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, as an expert on our exciting new relationship with the vag. "Gen Y people are more relaxed about their bodies, so there's more attention to products that people would have been embarrassed to talk about before," Mitchell said.

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