What is Obscenity, by Rokudenashiko


“Rokudenashiko's story is one of frustration and a great reminder of the work that still needs to be done. It will remain an important part of the international feminist dialogue until the end of time.” –JD Samson

“Rokudenashiko is a one-woman revolution. Her brilliance is profane yet innocent, which is a sign of true genius. I'm moved and laughing and crying and angry and overjoyed by her work. Her greatness is overwhelming and right on time.” –Margaret Cho

“Rokudenashiko is so brave! Her work shows how powerful humor and cuteness can be to affect social change. MANKO FOREVER!” –Jillian Tamaki

“Rokudenashiko's brave and adorable vagina-inspired Manko art has the power to terrify grown men, fight for artistic freedom, and make feminists everywhere proud.” –Jennifer Camper

The artist known as Rokudenashiko has made a career of lightening up the highly misunderstood vagina by re-appropriating the manko, Japanese for “pussy.”

In July 2014, Rokudenashiko’s world came crashing down when she was arrested for “distributing obscene materials.” The obscene material in question: an open source vector file of her vagina sent as a reward to patrons of her successfully crowdfunded pussy-shaped kayak.

What Is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and Her Pussy is a comic book/memoir of the artist’s time in jail, and explores the titular question: what is obscenity? Rokudenashiko’s take-no-prisoners sense of humor makes an otherwise tragic situation a comical treat and source of inspiration.

Author: Rokudenashiko
Publisher: Koyama Press
Softcover, 168 pages, 8.25 x 5.75″
Cover Design: Chip Kidd
Cover Photo: Geoff Spear
Translator: Anne Ishii
Editors: Anne Ishii & Graham Kolbeins

Weight .7 lbs
Dimensions 8.25 x 5.75 x .75 in
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