Type of site
Body Modification Ezine (BME) is an online magazine devoted to body modification, noted for its coverage of the extreme and fringes of body modification and erotic body play.
History and content
In late 2005, BME added both a video sister site, BMEvideo and a body modification blog, Modblog.BMEzine.com.
The site often publishes hoax articles each year on April Fools' Day.
On May 14, 2008 Shannon Larratt posted onto ModBlog that he would no longer be an employee of BME.
On March 15, 2013 it was announced that the founder of the site, Shannon Larratt, had died.
Patrons of the BME website and its IAM community have often gathered for barbecues where they can meet with one another. Historically, the largest of these BBQs, known as BMEFest, were held in or around Toronto, Ontario and generally on Canada Day with hundreds of participants. The festivities of BMEFest almost always include suspensions, fireworks, grilled food both vegan and otherwise, and there is usually a commemorative T-shirt for each event. It is generally free to attend but it is encouraged to sign up ahead of time and may be exclusive to a private group.
The BME site is blocked by many Internet filtering services intended to protect children (and workplaces), for reasons such as nudity, torture, and other adult content. It was banned by Germany's Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien in 1999 as a "danger to the youth" because BME did not include age verification or an entrance page warning users of potential adult content. In December 2005, the German agency forced Google to remove the site from search results returned by www.google.de.
Shannon Larratt writes in Zentastic.com:
- When Germany came after BME for "endangering the youth" and demanded that I make changes to the site to comply with German law, my response was to simply not visit Germany again (and I'm a German citizen). When the US started to pressure us, we moved all of our servers and presence out of the country and backed off on plans to live in the US. No changes were ever made to the site, and no images were ever removed — if anything, the pressure made me push those areas even more.
- "RIP Shannon Larratt 1973-2013". News.bme.com. March 15, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- "BMEFest at BME Encyclopedia". Wiki.bmezine.com. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- "BME Events Calendar". Iam.bmezine.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- "Germany Hates BME?". News.bmezine.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- Zentastic.com Archived May 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine