Love your Mother (Earth).
People often have some interesting or unique sexual fantasies or fetishes... and kinks are part of a human being’s nature. But some people took that “nature” to the next level.
Ecosexuals are here, and they believe that in order to save the Earth, they’re going to have to f*ck the hell out of it.
If you’re looking for some down and dirty mother (nature) lovin’, then you should head on over to Sydney, Australia, and look into the Sydney LiveWorks Festival of experimental art and find a part of it known as the “ecosexual bathhouse.”
The “bathhouse,” which was created as an interactive installation by artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair, seeks to “dissolve the barriers between species as we descend into oblivion.” The artists believe that, given the environmental crises we’ve begun to recognize, ecosexuality is picking up steam. And, according to a dissertation by Jennifer Reed, a sociology Ph.D. candidate from the University of Nevada, they’re not wrong.
By Reed's estimate, in the last two years alone, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of people who identify as ecosexuals, and data from Google supports this claim, as interest has “spiked dramatically” over the past year.
What precisely is a person who identifies as an ecosexual? It seems that answer varies based on the people you’re asking. It can refer to everyone who believes in using sustainable sex toys and other products, like gel or lubricant, or even people who enjoy outdoor activities in their natural state, sans any clothing.
If you keep digging, it can even mean “people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm [while] covered in potting soil,” says Amanda Morgan of the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences. By her estimation, this includes “people who f*ck trees, or masturbate under a waterfall.”
She, too, considers herself a part of the involvement in the ecosexual movement.
Ecosexuality might have a wide variety of people involved in its practices, but it gained the most attention thanks to performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, who have turned the “sexuality” into their own personal campaign. They have officiated wedding ceremonies to marry individuals to the Earth, moon, and even the soil, rocks, and lakes themselves, and joined in with the San Francisco Pride Parade in 2015. They even attempted to add an “E” to the LGBTQ initialism.
Both Sprinkle and Stephens hope to involve more people in the movement, and it looks to be working.
So, what differentiates being an “ecosexual” or just wanting to be responsible for your environmental mark on the world? It’s uncertain if any specific items — sex toys or otherwise — qualify you to deem yourself as one. It probably has a lot more to do with the location of where they go once you get them.
As for people who have married the Earth, we wish them all the best. That is not going to be a clean divorce if things don’t work out.