The now infamous University of Sydney student newspaper which featured the genitalia of 18 women has been re-released in sealed plastic packaging.
Last week’s 4000 copies of Honi Soit had been removed from the stands after it was discovered that the cover’s black bars, which were supposed to censor the 18 vulvas, were transparent and potentially constituted a criminal offence.
The controversy of the cover and its removal from the stands drew significant public attention, including a statement in support of the editors from Greens MPs Lee Rhiannon and Mehreen Faruqi.
Initially, Honi Soit’s editors were instructed to cut off the offending covers in order to be allowed to redistribute the newspaper. While a small portion of guillotined editions were released on Friday, the majority of copies have today been made available intact, in sealed plastic packaging.
Lawyers from Sydney Uni’s Student Representative Council, which publishes Honi Soit, advised Honi Soit’s editors that they could keep the controversial cover if it was sealed and rated R 18+.
The edition is now behind the counter of the SRC office to students over 18 years, and picking up a copy requires proof of age identification.
Editor Hannah Ryan said that although the sealed edition was the preferred option over guillotining the newspapers, it was still an inconvenience for the student population. “It’s pretty annoying to have to specifically go to an office to pick it up”.
Ms Ryan said there had been no legal fallout from the incident, and considers the controversy for the most part a positive experience. “I’ve heard that people have been having conversations with their friends about how we see vaginas, and we’ve received loads of messages from people thanking us,” she said.
Ms Ryan said that they have been contacted by people overseas, interested in having the “Vagina Soit” edition mailed to them.
“In the end, having thousands of people hear about ‘Vagina Soit’ combats the silence around vaginas, which is only a good thing”.
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