Progress in Genital Manufacturing


Written by Joseph Dunsay. After earning a Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution, Joseph Dunsay became a science writer for international audiences. Find more Jewrotica writing by Joseph here.

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The industrial revolution brought prosperity to humankind by greatly reducing the labor necessary to produce items, but this efficiency came at a price. Consumers had to settle for mass produced goods instead of handcrafted wares. Developments in 3D printing promise to give people the best of both worlds. Innovators are applying 3D printing technology to challenges that require one-off robotic assembly, such as providing tools to future Mars colonists. This amazing technology has even helped an artist put a modern spin on a traditional American office Christmas party game, printing one’s genitals.

Megumi Igarashi, an artist in Japan, produced a kayak that resembles her vagina and sent the data to her crowd-funding supporters so that they could print their own copies on 3D printers, much to the dismay of a Japanese court. The court ruled that the kayak was legal but the data distribution violated Japanese obscenity laws that prohibit the uncensored publication of real genitals. Igarashi insists that female genitals are not obscene and has a long history of promoting this belief by incorporating female genitals into her art.

As prudish as some Japanese judges might be, they cannot hold a candle to Victorian inhabitants of the British Iles. Brits began the Victorian era in relative poverty with pressing needs which kept most of them from splurging on sex toys. That’s why a hand carved Victorian-era dildo owned by an Anglo-Irish family is such an exciting find. It seems that the original owner harvested the ivory himself when he shot an elephant in India during the 1840s and had it carved into a dildo in China some time later. It had a compartment where the man’s wife could keep a lock of his hair. Valued at around $1,000 today, this sentimental gift sure beats a vase of roses for one’s wife on Mother’s Day.

Archeological evidence indicates that some generations of British goyim possessed suggestive carved figures that they did not have to hide from the neighborhood priests. A haul of artifacts from a Roman fort in Cockermouth, England included a naked statue of a local male deity whom residents associated with fortune, nourishment, and fertility. Ancient statues make it obvious that modesty standards and religious ideals can vary over the centuries.

A 3,400 year old naked statue found in Israel brings this story of production methods and community standards back to a time and place that admired the female form. Discovered about 124 km north of Jerusalem, this artifact is typical of the Canaanite and Egyptian culture that coexisted there at the time. It was produced by pressing soft clay into a mold. The Bronze Age statute may depict Astarte, an ancient Egyptian female fertility deity, or it might be the image of a real woman. If the latter case is true, displaying it in a Japanese museum would be unwise.

Manufacturing techniques in ancient Egypt progressed from pinching clay into rough forms to pressing clay into reusable wooden molds. Machine assembly in the past few decades progressed from robotic factory arms to 3D printers in the home. The efficiency and flexibility made possible by technological progress allow people to afford fun creative products that go beyond mere survival. As open-minded epicures fight with offense takers for the right to express themselves, it is worth considering the diversity of community standards over the millenniums. An artist’s work may seem beyond the pale to someone buried in his own time and place, but those who are familiar with a broad range of cultures know that 3D printed vagina kayaks are nothing new under the sun.

After earning a Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution, Joseph Dunsay became a science writer for international audiences. His LGBT erotic e-book launched in the summer of 2015.