Better late than never: Issue 8 of MeFi Mag is here December 17, 2011 12:53 PM   Subscribe

It's taken a while, but Issue#8 of MeFi Mag has finally arrived!

This issue's theme is sex and covers several different views of the subject, from humorous to touching to harrowing.

First up, the results of the Sexiest MeFite contest, complete with photos that capture the unique beauty of each special person.

Brandon talks about the girl that could have been his first; in an excerpt from a longer work, DancesToBlue writes about the one that was. Pjern's story isn't about his first, except maybe his first time doing that.

We also have three firsthand looks at sex work. First Meatbomb tells about his experience with "The Second Battered Woman I've Known" , By The Grace Of God's foray into phone sex, and ILoveSocks' necessarily anonymous "Simple Transactions." We do warn that readers sensitive to rape triggers should avoid that story.

Unicorn on the Cob dispels some coming-of-age myths, at least for Texas teens (kids are less salacious than you'd think), and The Whelk ventures forth armed with MeFi Mag press "credential" to cover the Fleshbot Awards. And finally, Ardriril turns reproduction into code.

All this plus photos and art by rhapsodie, elgilito, ElvisJesus, hellojed, msbrauer, TimTypeZed, monkey!knife!fight! and jessamyn!

Order print copies or read PDF.

Next issue's theme is Nerds, covering all the glory and wonder of geeking out. Here's a sneak peek of the cover, drawn by TimTypeZed.

Shoot for a deadline of January 15th, send submissions to the usual spot. The issue should be out in January or February.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM (39 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Rat Sex -- I didn't notice "Rat" in the title, so I'm reading the list and wondering what it means for my own sex life. "Pacing behavior? Does she do that and I don't even realize it? Maybe she does... wait. 'Hopping, darting and ear wiggling'?"
posted by pracowity at 1:13 PM on December 17, 2011


Holy cow, this is fantastic! I know what I'll be doing tonight!

Reading, reading, of course.

A VERY fine job. Pjern, love your story!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:17 PM on December 17, 2011


(Sure I will love all the rest as soon as I get through them.) Kudos, Brandon Blatcher!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:22 PM on December 17, 2011


Nice. Thank you.
posted by Sailormom at 1:24 PM on December 17, 2011


Ha! I was just thinking about this
posted by The Whelk at 1:45 PM on December 17, 2011


Fantastic work once again! Really look forward to the new issues being released.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:53 PM on December 17, 2011


That's hot!
posted by carsonb at 2:07 PM on December 17, 2011


Great issue!

Only 12 of us entered the Sexiest MeFite contest? Aw man, I was looking forward to lots of fun takes on it...
posted by fraula at 2:13 PM on December 17, 2011


I am in favor of seeing additional naked photos of MeFites. Feel free to email those directly to me. I am the epitome of discretion.
posted by ColdChef at 2:40 PM on December 17, 2011


ColdChef is a liar.
posted by The Whelk at 2:47 PM on December 17, 2011


I am, in fact, a liar.

Still want to see some nekkid MeFites, tho.
posted by ColdChef at 2:54 PM on December 17, 2011


Whoa! Just got my first email. Thank you...sir.
posted by ColdChef at 2:57 PM on December 17, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yeah, beware requesting MeFi nudes. I complained about not having any weiner pix texted to me once and the resulting slew of schlong was overwhelming.
posted by carsonb at 3:50 PM on December 17, 2011 [4 favorites]


I have the biggest wiener pic of all.
posted by pjern at 3:56 PM on December 17, 2011


Pjern, love your story!

Thanks. Feeling pretty chuffed to get the top spot this month. Not sure I deserved it, there's some mighty powerful stuff this month. Good job, folks!
posted by pjern at 3:58 PM on December 17, 2011


and the resulting slew of schlong was overwhelming.

phhft, amateur
posted by The Whelk at 4:05 PM on December 17, 2011


So I only recently started checking these out, and was completely and utterly blown away. Suffice to say, I'm looking forward to reading this issue.
posted by spiderskull at 5:01 PM on December 17, 2011


Numerous MeFites requested and received a grilled cheese during the production of this issue.

Heh.
posted by Space Kitty at 5:04 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like "causal Friday at the Vatican".
posted by matthewr at 5:36 PM on December 17, 2011


This is fantastic! I can't wait to go over every inch of it with my tongue.
posted by rhapsodie at 6:58 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am a published illustrator now, I'll have to show mom.
posted by hellojed at 7:02 PM on December 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


The cover is fantastic. Just sayin'.
posted by klangklangston at 8:15 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Whee! Ta guys for the opportunity!
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:16 PM on December 17, 2011


Awesome as usual, folks. Though I realize only in retrospect that maybe I should have used my cliffdiving-in-He-Man-boxers picture instead of my Space Jesus picture for my acceptance speech photo.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:39 PM on December 17, 2011


You all did a great job as always. Special props to rhapsodie for a great set of photos.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:09 PM on December 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


I should have used my cliffdiving-in-He-Man-boxers picture instead of my Space Jesus picture for my acceptance speech photo.

Ahh, 'Space Jesus,' of course.
I had thought you were some sort of drag queen baked potato.
posted by chococat at 11:19 PM on December 17, 2011


Right on! Looks great!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:42 PM on December 17, 2011


Mayb e this is the point y'all will finally get faith and we can do away with all this bogus "voting" stuff? Just take my word for it - when I tell y'all I win, that means I win.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:47 PM on December 17, 2011


All hail Meatbomb.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:52 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Special props to rhapsodie for a great set of photos.

If ya'll aren't following her Flickr stream, you're missing out, she's a good photographer who puts out almost daily.. The photos from this issue are from a series called 365 days of Marriage, which tends to be pretty funny, among other things.

Favorite "Where is this issue, why is it so late" email was from from brina.
brina: Hey, where is this issue
me: it's a bit behind, because of x, y and z.
brina: that's nice, but I don't know anything about that. I was just told I won the sexiest mefite contest and I want my goddamn tiara.

Best story discovery was stumbling across gaspode's "8 things you didn't know about rat sex" on G+. Later on, mr damn fine artist himself, hellojed, chose to illustrate rats fucking. Sourcing the crowd mind indeed

Best article you'll never read award goes to my wife.
her: What's the theme for this issue?
me: sex
her: Oh cool, I can write about (so very redacted).
I just give her "the look".
her: then again, maybe not.

Back to interviewing Fishbike for the Nerds issue. If you'll have a specific question for him, shoot me email.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:39 AM on December 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


a good photographer who puts out almost daily.

ಠ_ಠ
posted by desjardins at 7:37 AM on December 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Some edits that were missed in production have been added, new PDFs made and uploaded.

Communication, it's tricky.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:41 PM on December 18, 2011


Excellent. I particularly liked your piece Brandon, maybe because I have daughters in the 6th and 9th grade, and it's so wonderful to bridge the gulf between boys and girls that age. But strong, compelling writing throughout.
posted by msalt at 5:32 PM on December 18, 2011


Yay! This is cool! but my username is spelled wrong in the ToC :(
posted by gaspode at 7:29 PM on December 18, 2011


Shoot me an email or mefimail and we can get that fixed.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:31 PM on December 18, 2011


Yet another wonderful issue - MetaFilter has such a great group of talented folks! In particular I found ILoveSocks' story very poignant. I also found gaspode's "how rats fuck"* article highly entertaining. The artwork really stood out as well, both photos and graphics.

*I may be a wee bit prejudiced because 1) I love rats and 2) One of my aunt's once asked how chickens fuck. My mum took it upon herself to research the subject (and this was before the internets) and wrote a fairly scholarly article that ended with "...and that's how chickens fuck!"
posted by deborah at 10:32 PM on December 18, 2011


I always think MeFiMag is sexy, but it's especially so this month. Kudos everybody!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:39 PM on December 19, 2011


Hmm, reading this on the plane could be interesting. But then I was sat next to an old guy reading hentai on the bullet train last night...
posted by arcticseal at 6:44 PM on December 19, 2011


Looks great everyone!
posted by stagewhisper at 6:57 PM on December 19, 2011


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