How much do you love nature? Are you a tree hugger or do you just appreciate the beauty nature has to offer?
If you really, really, really love nature, though, there’s a way you can truly “love” it. It’s called “ecosexuality.”
Women’s Health interviewed the two women (shocker they are women) who are the “experts” in this new “sexual identity”:
We chatted with Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., and Beth Stephens, Ph.D., performance artists, ecosexual experts, and the authors of The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm to get the scoop on this trend. They describe being ecosexual as this: “you don’t look at the Earth as your mother, you look at it as your lover.” You also experience nature “as sensual, erotic, or sexy.” This could mean anything getting off while writhing around naked in the mud to simply getting joy out of doing it in a hot tub or going on a naked hike.
They even held an event yesterday to talk about Planet Orgasm at the Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum:
The women say there are 15,000 people in the world who “consider themselves to be ecosexual.” “Anyone can be ecosexual,” said Stephens and Spinkle, explaining that being an ecosexual can mean merely “acknowledging that the world around us is part of our sexual identities and experience.”
They also say that it’s rooted in environmentalism. Again, not a shocker:
“ecosexuality is rooted in environmentalism. If you love the Earth, you want to do your part and take responsibility for its care. Sharing a mutual relationship with the Earth is critical, they noted, not one where you continuously take. From lowering stress to strengthening physical health, spending time outdoors has long been proven to better the mind, body and spirit.
They make a point that you can still have sex with humans even if you’re an ecosexual and that there are “varying degrees”:
There are so many ways an ecosexual can make love to the Earth. And, there are varying degrees to ecosexuality. It’s not all or nothing—you decide how far to take it. Listen to just a few ways someone can make love to the Earth, according to Sprinkle and Stephens: massage the Earth with your feet, swim naked in a pond, tell the Earth, “I love you. I can’t live without you,” talk dirty to plants, and recycle. You can also have sex on the grass with your partner. Or you can head to a nude beach and sunbathe. (Wear SPF!)
You can check out their Facebook page to find out even more interesting “ecosexuality” information:
The two women apparently make money off of this as well:
Sprinkle and Stephens officiate wedding ceremonies, marrying people with the Earth. These are performance art pieces, which take traditional wedding vows and apply them to non-human elements of the Earth (like the sky or sea). “It’s really fun and interesting,” they say. “You take vows to love, honor, and cherish the earth and you acknowledge that you are the earth.” And when you make those vows, they carry over to more practical matters, making you stop and think about where you’re tossing your plastic bottles or what corporations you’re giving money to. The “marriage” forces you to reexamine your relationship with the Earth, and forever treat it well.
This brings the term “tree hugger” to an all new level.