Sex with the Earth
If you happen to find yourself “visiting” Sydney, you have the “unique” opportunity to have sex with the earth.
You just need to stop by the “Eco-Sexual bathhouse,” which is part of the “Sydney LiveWorks Festival” of experimental art.
The bathhouse is an “interactive” installation created by artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair of Pony Express, who described the work as a “no-holds-barred extravaganza meant to dissolve the barriers between species as we descend into oblivion” as the result of the global environmental crisis.
But they also see their “art” piece as a part of a much larger “EcoSexual” movement, which they say is gathering “momentum” around the world.
And they may be right. Jennifer Reed, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is writing a dissertation on “Eco-sexuality,” and says that the number of people who identify as “EcoSexuals” has increased markedly in the past two years.
And Google search data confirms that interest in the term has spiked “dramatically” over the past year. We may look back on 2016 as the year “Eco-sexuality” hit the mainstream.
“Eco-sexuality” is a term with wide-ranging “definitions,” which vary “depending” on who you ask.
Amanda Morgan, a faculty member at the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences who is involved in the “EcoSexual” movement, says that “ecosexuality” could be measured in a sense not unlike the “Kinsey Scale.”
On one end, it “encompasses” people who try to use “sustainable” sex products, or who enjoy “skinny dipping and naked hiking.”
On the other are “people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil,” she said. “There are people who fuck trees, or masturbate under a waterfall.”
The movement’s growing prominence owes much to the efforts of Bay Area performance artists, activists, and couple Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, who have made “ecosexuality” a personal crusade.
They have published an “ecosexmanifesto” on their website “SexEcology” and produced several “films” on the theme, including a documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, which depicts the “pollen-amorous” relationship between them and the Appalachian Mountains.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/49723643″>Trailer Goodbye Gauley Mtn: An Ecosexual Love Story</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/ecosex”>Elizabeth Stephens</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
And while touring a theater piece across the country, Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, they’ve officiated wedding ceremonies where they and fellow “EcoSexuals” marry the earth, the moon, and other natural entities.
Sprinkle and Stephens talk openly about “ecosexuality” as a new form of “sexual identity.”
At last year’s San Francisco “Pride Parade,” they led a contingent of over a hundred “EcoSexuals” in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to “officially” add an E to the LGBTQI acronym; Stephens told Outside that they believe there are now at least 100,000 people around the world who openly identify as “EcoSexuals.”
According to Reed’s research, the term “ecosexuality” has existed since the early 2000’s, when it started “appearing” as a self-description on “online” dating profiles.
It wasn’t until 2008 that it began its “evolution” toward a fully fledged “social” movement, when Sprinkle and Stephens began officiating “EcoSexual” weddings.
The two artists had been active in the “marriage equality” movement, and they wanted to harness that “energy” for environmental causes.
Stephens has said that their aim was to “re-conceptualize” the way we look at the earth, “from seeing the planet as a mother to seeing it as a lover.”
Also in 2008, Stefanie Iris Weiss, a writer and activist based in New York, began researching her book Eco-sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable, published in 2010.
Weiss, who was at that time “unaware” of Sprinkle and Stephens’s work, initially lent the idea a more practical, “literal” focus, with research revealing the “harmful” environmental impact of materials used in “condoms, lubes, and other sex products” upon both our bodies and the planet.
She said that she wrote the book to “help” people make their sex lives “more carbon neutral and sustainable,” and to help us avoid “polluting” our bodies when we have sex.
The desire for “safer and more sustainable” sex products remains an important part of the “EcoSexual” movement, and Weiss said that “green” options for consumers when it comes to “sex products” have increased dramatically since she wrote her book.
But she has also happily “embraced” Sprinkle and Stephens’s more “holistic” take on ecosexuality, immediately “recognizing” in their efforts a shared goal: “to help people reconnect with nature, and with their own bodies.”
Reed said that “ecosexuality” is different from other “social” movements in that it focuses on personal “behavior and pleasure” rather than “protests or politics.” She said that some people within the “environmental” movement have kept their “distance” from it for this reason.
But “EcoSexual” activists interviewed for this story all “insist” they have a serious “goal” at heart. As Morgan said, “thinking about the earth as a lover is the first step toward taking the environmental crisis seriously.”
“If you piss off your mother, she’s probably going to forgive you. If you treat your lover badly, she’s going to break up with you.”
At the same time, the sense of “levity” that characterizes works such as the “bathhouse” or Sprinkle and Stephens’s “performances” is an integral part of the movement.
Morgan describes “ecosexuality” as a means of moving beyond the “depressing Al Gore stuff” that people often “associate with environmentalism.”
Her hope, and that of other “EcoSexuals” such as Weiss and Kronemyer, is that it can give the “average” person a way of engaging with the issue that is “accessible and fun and creates a sense of hopefulness.”
Morgan and Weiss both say that they also see “sex” as a potentially powerful “tool” for motivating people to make the “environment” a priority.
As Weiss put it: “If you’re running from floods, you won’t have any time for sex.”
Well, what’s wrong with “rubbing” one out under a waterfall? Did these people ask “consent” from the trees? So basically… they’re “zoophilic” furfags or gay “plant” lovers.
There’s a “tree” nearby on a running path that has a “knothole” growth that looks like a “butt crack.” It looks like a chick’s “ass” in a pair of “low rise” jeans, total whale tale. It feels like that tree is “asking” for a humping.
I hoped it would be the tree scene in “Evil Dead” which can now be considered a postmodern “progressive” masterpiece about “ecosexuality.”