December 4, 2008

The Sex Blogger's Sex Blogger editor Lux Alptraum believes quality porn will survive the Internet free-for-all. Here's why.

Matthew Patin

“Lust's passion will be served,” wrote the Enlightenment’s most notorious hornball and proudest sick bastard, the Marquis de Sade. But the ways in which lust’s passion is served have come a long way since the Marquis got his rocks off, when Not Safe For Work was Not Safe For Anywhere (except maybe in France) and when porn’s only outlet was literature with a scandalous bent. The Internet has secured pornography’s ubiquity—and hastened desensitization. Amid the porn plenty, who’s there to do the sifting for the discerning consumer? Who's there to make sure that lust’s voracious hunger is sated? Lux Alptraum, editor of, is who.

Fleshbot is Gawker Media’s porn stash. Its sticky sock. Its hard drive full of cookies and history that you forgot to delete. And Alptraum—veteran of brainy online sex and dating magazine, “altporn” aficionado, and founder of several adult blogs—has the cred to run the show. Fleshbot, however, isn’t the usual porn dump, littered with links that go nowhere or with flashing banner ads depicting someone putting something somewhere. To the contrary, it’s a mindful collection of links and articles, chosen by bloggers who don’t seem to be interested in porn as a five-free-minutes, means-to-an-end affair, but interested in sex itself, and all the joys, humor, and absurdities that accompany it.

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