From skinny dippers to individuals who have sex with nature, ecosexuals are part of a growing movement that’s taking a unique approach to tackling climate change known as ecosexuality.
These ultimate nature lovers gathered several years ago in Sydney during an arts festival to take it on with the elements and each other.
The interactive installation was named the ‘ecosexual bathhouse’ and it was a brainchild of Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair from Pony Express.
Amanda Morgan, an ecosexual expert from the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences says that ecosexuality has various degrees.
This includes people using sustainable sex products and enjoying skinny dipping to people who like to get it down and get dirty. They will roll around in the dirt and have orgasms while covered in potting soil. Some take it on with the trees or masturbate under a waterfall.
Jennifer Reed, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Nevada is writing her dissertation on ecosexuality. She says that the number of people who identify themselves as such has increased in the last couple of years.
Her research indicates that the term has been around since the early 2000s when people used it as a description on their online dating profiles.
But, it wasn’t until 2008 that the evolution towards a social movement started.
This growing movement, says American sociologist Jennifer Reed, is estimated to have around 100,000 supporters worldwide who refer to themselves as ecosexuals.
Some took it quite seriously and even married the earth. The artists Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have published an ecosex manifesto on their movement’s website SexEcology.
They said they’ve officiated weddings where ecosexuals have married the earth, the moon, and other parts of nature.
Together with their show Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, they created and promoted several movies on the topic and toured theatres.
A New Type of Sexual Identity
Stephens and Sprinkle note that ecosexuality is a new form of sexual identity.
They also led a group of around hundred ecosexuals at one San Francisco Pride Parade. They wanted the letter ‘E’ to be officially added to the LGBTQI acronym.
Ecosexuals claim that safe and sustainable sex is an important part of their movement. Stephens and Sprinkle have a holistic view on ecosexuality and a shared goal: to help humans reconnect with their own bodies and nature.