Boink: College Sex By People Having It
Boink is the sex magazine created by Boston University undergraduates, a publication celebrated by the likes of Playboy, MTV, and Howard Stern while shunned by the schoolís administration. So what better way to piss off the powers that be than by turning the smut-filled mag into something even more marketableóa college sex manual that does exactly what its forward promises: It entertains and informs.
Itís a simple enough concept: Write a book about the overgeneralization that college kids only think of sex and then produce something relevant and substantial. Without really trying, Boink shatters a few social boundaries by college students the chance to face their sexual demons while letting them know that itís OK to explore your sexuality. And the bookís timing is perfect: Our oversexed and understimulated era forces young adults to look at themselves as sexual beings and then makes them to feel guilty about it. Each story in Boink ranges in topic, from homosexual identity to virginal regrets, and is accompanied by beautifully provocative pictures and drawings, which enhance the book while enticing the reader. The models are realónot airbrushed or laced with plastic partsóand itís not just the women who appear naked.
But Boink doesnít live up to its promiseólike a hot guy in a sports car, this book overcompensates for something lacking. The voices behind Boink come across as on the fence with themselves. Although they provide an outlet for sexual identity, they play it safe by excluding the harder-hitting topics of todayís sexuality, such as fetishes or transgenderism. They arenít giving readers anything they havenít read before, and more should be expected from a generation that lived through Madonnaís Sex book.
Boink may be sexy on the surface, but itís missing the foreplay and barely skirts the scathing appeal of Girls Gone Wild by quickly taking the reader to the steamy stories without any real substance or value to the writing. Itís understandable to not want your sex book to sound like a public-service announcement, but it feels as though the editors went the route of simply peddling sex, which easily sells, without considering the larger picture. Instead of speaking to a young generation that is constantly trying to reason with its overhyped media libido, Boink chose to sell out by delivering just the sex and not the reality that goes with it.