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Bared in Boston

Anderson and Oleyourryk charge on, confident, already planning a second issue for May. On a recent Sunday afternoon, Oleyourryk hosts an editorial meeting with about 20 people. They are mostly BU students and a few from other local schools, equally divided between women and men. Some are preppy and a few are punk or goth, wearing leather jackets or steel-toed boots. Oleyourryk, barefoot, takes a seat on the floor.

Issue No. 2 will be devoted to the topic of self-gratification, she announces. The students start offering story ideas and making lewd jokes, and Oleyourryk's cell phone rings.


Alecia Oleyourryk and Christopher Anderson are co-founders of Boink, the new sex magazine featuring Boston University students. (Photos Laurie Swope For The Washington Post)

"Mom, can I call you back?" Oleyourryk says.

A BU sophomore raises his hand.

"Are we going to have any legitimate articles?" he asks, as if he doesn't quite get the point of Boink.

After the meeting, Oleyourryk proudly shows off the prospective cover photo, featuring herself, to a Boink student staffer named Simon Snellgrove. She analyzes the positioning of the bodies and the facial expressions and sounds pleased.

"Props, babe," Snellgrove says. "I didn't know you had that good a butt."

Oleyourryk goes out into the kitchen, where she cooks pasta for dinner. A friend eats Cheerios out of a champagne flute. Oleyourryk and Anderson consider what, ultimately, is the point of their venture. Are they helping people? Are they creating a necessary forum where college students can talk honestly about their desires?

"It's not necessary," Oleyourryk says. "It's for entertainment."

"It's not like without this nobody's going to talk about sex," Anderson says.

The room watches as Oleyourryk joyfully throws a strand of spaghetti at the ceiling, and it sticks briefly before falling. "It's ready!" she says.


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