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Are You Ecosexual?

Some activists claim that loving the earth should be a recognized sexuality.
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If you love dating other environmental activists, or if you derive sexual pleasure from rolling naked in the dirt, you might be ecosexual. 

There’s currently no “E” in the LGBTQIA+ acronym, but some ecosexual activists contend that there should be, and they’re fighting to make that happen.

What is ecosexuality? Ecosexuality includes, well, just about everyone. An ecosexual could be a person who just enjoys skinny-dipping and being outside in natural. An ecosexual could be a person who only buys sustainable sex toys. An ecosexual could be a person who has sexual intercourse with a tree and masturbates in a bed of roses. Amanda Morgan of the eceosexual movement told Vivce that some people “roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil. There are people who have intercourse with trees, or masturbate under a waterfall.”

Where did ecosexuality come from, and how did it suddenly become a “movement”? Although the term has been in vogue for several decades, its current prominence is owed to performance artists and activists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.

Sprinkle and Stephens, who are in a relationship with each other as well as the earth, have produced several films and documentaries on ecosexuality, are currently touring a theatre piece entitled Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, and officiate wedding ceremonies between ecosexuals and “the earth, moon and other natural entities.” The earth, moon and other natural entities were not available for comment.

While some may believe ecosexuality is a just an extreme version of environmentalism, the two movements differ sharply in that ecosexuality is not interested in politics or policy, but in helping people connect with the earth. Morgan explained that the ecosexuality movement is a way of moving beyond “the depressing Al Gore stuff” associated with environmentalism, into a more holistic understanding of body-earth relations. She hopes to create “a sense of hopefulness” among ecosexuals.

Currently, 100,000 people identify as ecosexual. If you believe you may be one of them, or if you think the entire movement is crazy, check out Sprinkle and Stephens’ ecosexual manifesto on their website, SexEcology.

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J. Marie graduated from Duke University with a degree in International Relations and dreams of being a creative writer--dreams she's now realizing as a musical theatre writer in NYC. She's passionate about global black identities, black representation in media, and leather-bound notebooks. She also loves backpacking through a new country at a moment's notice, and speaks Spanish, Swahili and Standard Arabic.

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