Apart from skinny dipping, masturbating in the wild or having sex with trees, the ecosexual movement also involves treating the earth as your lover rather than your mother. The connection of a topic as intimate as one's sexuality with environmental causes makes the issue more appealing, say experts
A new concept that combines care for the earth and sexuality is emerging and people are calling it 'ecosexuality'. Those who believe in the concept that being sexually active with nature are called 'ecosexuals' and if many experts are to be believed, this tribe is growing with each passing day. What's more? One of the beliefs of ecosexuality is that having sex with the earth and nature can actually save it from doom. A more broad-based definition of ecosexuality is provided by Amanda Morgan, a faculty member at the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences who is part of the ecosexual movement. According to her, the concept could mean people who try to use sustainable sex products or those who enjoy skinny dipping and naked hiking. Then again it may also be those "people who roll around in [the] dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil," she told Vice. "There are people who f*** trees, or masturbate under a waterfall."
Jennifer Reed, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is working on a dissertation on ecosexuality and she believes this movement is different from other social movements. Ecosexuality connects one's personal behavior and pleasure rather than protests or politics, she pointed out. Morgan added that thinking about the earth as a lover was the first step toward taking the environmental crisis seriously. She said, "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." A sign of the growing popularity of the movement are events like the Ecosexual Bathhouse, an interactive installation created by artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair.
The event has been described 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. Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, a couple who are activists and performance artists from the Bay Area are quite popular in the movement.
They have often been credited for the growing prominence of the movement through their works. They have published an "eco-sex manifesto" on their website SexEcology and produced several films on the theme. This also includes a documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, that shows the "pollen-amorous" relationship between them and the Appalachian Mountains.
They also want ecosexuality to be recognized as a sexual identity. They want to add an E in LGBTQ+ acronym. In pursuance of this aim, they led a group to the San Francisco Pride Parade for this purpose. They have also toured the country with a theatre piece Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, besides also officiating wedding ceremonies where they and fellow ecosexuals marry natural entities such as the moon, sun, and the earth. According to Stephens, there are currently as many as 100,000 people around the world who openly identify as ecosexuals. Reed said this the number has increased markedly in the past two years.
One way we know this is due to the fact that Google search results for the term ecosexuals and ecosexuality have also spiked in the past year.The work of an ecosexual and author Stefanie Iris Weiss, who wrote the book Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable also needs to be highlighted. Her research revealed the harmful environmental impact of materials used in condoms, lubes, and other sex products upon both our bodies and the planet. Sustainable sex products is 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.
Although it started around 2000, the ecosexuality movement emerged in 2008 and is going strong since 2016 when it came into the mainstream. The hope of ecosexuals such as Weiss and Kronemyer is that it can give the average person a way of engaging with the issue in a way that is accessible and fun, and that 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 puts it, "If you're running from floods, you won't have any time for sex."