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Lux Alptraum

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Past articles by Lux:

Severance’s satirical mystery goes far beyond the dystopian workplace

Apple’s Severance leaves many clues about the series’ world in every new episode. But Mark and Helly’s jobs at Lumon, there’s something off about the world of the Outies. Here are a few theories. → Read More

Peacemaker’s bisexuality should be more than an Easter egg

The Peacemaker had a threesome with Vigilante on the HBO Max show, but there’s little else to suggest his bisexuality. That’s unfortunate, and in the vein of other shows like Loki, Archer, and other purported bisexual characters. → Read More

Lux Alptraum: Is Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema bad for bisexual Americans?

Is Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema bad for bisexual and LGBTQ Americans? The Democrat has frustrated Americans. → Read More

Liz Cheney just apologized to LGBTQ Americans. Is it too little, too late?

Liz Cheney just apologized to LGBTQ Americans on '60 Minutes.' Is the leading Republican's TV statement too little, too late? → Read More

Palm Springs chooses human choice over divine intervention

Palm Springs, Hulu’s Lonely Island-backed update of the classic time-loop movie Groundhog Day, takes karma and “being a good person” out of the equation, in favor of quantum physics. But Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons aren’t living in an anti-religious or amoral universe. The film is just updating Groundhog Day with new ideas about personal responsibility. → Read More


I have OCD. Here’s how I’m dealing with coronavirus fears.

What to do if you have OCD, anxiety, or depression during the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

What Sex Workers Think of the 2020 Election

Politicians are finally talking about sex work, but they still don’t really get it → Read More


Opening a Pandora’s box of truths about rape kits

Artist Aliza Shvarts collected exam kits from across the country. Now, an exhibition is using them to explore evidence, consent, and the standard of care for assault victims. → Read More

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Their bodies are being weaponized for online harassment—and the experience, actors say, is eviscerating. → Read More

The Rape Kit Is Horribly Outdated

Rape kit design is often outdated and subjects victims to unnecessary pain and trauma during the course of their sexual assault forensic exam. → Read More


A dating app for queer women exists — so why is no one using it?

When the gay hookup app Grindr launched in 2009, it sparked something of a revolution. Although dating sites had been around since the mid-'90s, Grindr was the first major, GPS-using app aimed at queer men. Following its debut, several similar apps,… → Read More

Telemedicine Will Change How Underground Abortions Work

Recent tech advancements may disrupt oppressive laws, if they go through → Read More


Banning sex work will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now

Sex worker criminalization is about controlling women’s bodies. → Read More


Porn actress August Ames’s death was a lost chance to talk about sex workers and mental health

Sex workers battling mental health problems often face stigma when they seek help from therapists. → Read More


Young people are having less sex. Who cares?

The "sex recession" assumes there’s a right way for young people to do sex. There isn’t. → Read More

You Can Buy a Sex Toy at the Drugstore—But Should You?

The pros and cons of buying sex toys at big box retailers like Walmart versus buying them at small, independent sex shops like Babeland. → Read More

Tumblr is eliminating pornography and, with it, a more freewheeling era of the internet

Tumblr announced that it is eliminating pornography from its platform, ushering in a more conservative internet. → Read More

Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like

Women who fake orgasms are seen as cheating themselves. But what if we stopped pressuring women to believe orgasms are the only proof that sex is pleasurable? → Read More

Can AI Sex Toys Really Learn What We Like?

The fantasy of a high tech lover who anticipates your needs before you’re aware of them is still a long way off. → Read More

Using makeup doesn't hide women's 'real' beauty, it hides the labor that goes into meeting beauty standards

In an excerpt from her book, "Faking It: The Lies Women Tell about Sex — And the Truths They Reveal," Lux Alptraum talks about the work of being "beautiful." → Read More