Friday, November 18, 2016

Ecosexual Movement Gaining Ground

                If you were lucky enough to have found yourself in Sydney, Australia, a week or two ago, you would’ve had the unique opportunity to have sex with the earth. If you missed your chance, try not to kick yourself, there will be ample opportunities in the near future.
                According to, the Sydney LiveWorks Festival of experimental art featured the “eco-sexual bathhouse,” an interactive installation created by two artists 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 our global environmental crisis.
                Well, then.
                The artists see their piece as part of a growing eco-sexual movement, which, they claim, is inexorably gaining momentum around the planet. According to the piece, Jennifer Reed, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas (UNLV) claims that the number of people who identify as eco-sexuals has increased dramatically in the past two years. Google search data apparently confirms that interest in the term has particularly spiked over the past year.
                Amanda Morgan, a faculty member at the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences, is involved in the eco-sexual movement as well (what is it with UNLV types?). She states that eco-sexuality pitches a big tent, encompassing those relative conservatives who simply use sustainable sex products, and enjoy skinny-dipping and naked hiking (who doesn’t?), all the way through to those “people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil. There are people who f**k trees, or masturbate under a waterfall.”
                Thanks for that report.
                Annie Sprinkle (!) and Elizabeth Stevens are a Bay Area couple, activists, and performance artists, who have made the movement a personal crusade, going so far as to publish an “ecosex manifesto,” constructing a website and producing films such as the documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. The film, which I believe was up for several Oscars and best picture, depicts the “pollen-amorous” (get it?) relationship between them and the Appalachian Mountains. Alrighty then.
                The couple have also been involved with a theater piece touring the country: Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth. (Wait ‘til you see #17!). They have also officiated wedding ceremonies where fellow eco-sexuals marry the earth, the moon, and various other natural entities. (I once got engaged to Halley’s Comet, but we didn’t see each other often enough to make it work, and she was way too “fast” for my liking, brazenly and indiscriminately exploring other heavenly bodies).
                Sprinkle and Stephens (sounds like a law firm) attended last year’s San Francisco Pride Parade, leading a contingent of eco-sexuals in a “ribbon-cutting ceremony” to “officially” add an E to the LGBTQI acronym. At this rate, the ever-expanding kinky-sex acronym will soon have to be recognized as the longest word in the English language, overtaking antidisestablishmentarianism. Probably by 2025.
                There are those who think eco-sexuals will become mainstream in the very near future.
                Stephens says that their aim is to re-conceptualize the way we look at the earth, from seeing it as a mother to viewing it as a lover, as this is the first step towards taking the environmental crisis seriously. After all, some in the movement say, “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.” Moreover, adherents say, “If you’re running from floods, you won’t have any time for sex.”
                Stephens believes there are now at least 100,000 people around the world who openly identify as eco-sexuals. Keep “dissolving those barriers between the species,” noble civil rights warriors! Want to bang a mountain lion- or a mountain? It’s all good! Want to marry a river otter- or a river? That is your right under marriage equality!

                It will be interesting to see what eco-sexuals demand in terms of bathroom and locker room rights.

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