Sexecology: It’s a real thing
Sexecology is a new field of inquiry that explores places where sexology (the study of human sexual life) and ecology (the study of the relationships between organisms and their environments) overlap.
The term was coined by UC-Santa Cruz art professor and filmmaker, Elizabeth Stephens, and internationally renowned feminist media artist, Annie Sprinkle.
Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth began as a performance art love story that looked at how we can make the environmental movement a little more fun, sexy, and diverse.
In the show, Stephens and Sprinkle came out of the closet as “ecosexual” and shared intimate stories about when nature turned them on. The couple explained that if you take care of something erotically, you generally care for it in other ways. “Massage the earth with your feet” is one example of their eco-sexy message.
Now they’re leading a contingent that is advocating to officially add an ‘E’ (for Ecosexual) to LGBTQI‘E’ during the San Francisco Pride Parade. Can their suggestions be used to inspire a more mutual relationship and to help heal some of the negative human impact on the environment?
Listen to the latest Green Divas Eco-Sexy episode…
Here are 25 ways to make love to the earth…
Created by Love Art Lab
Jennifer J. Reed is a sociology Ph.D. candidate and Barrick Graduate Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current dissertation research focuses on the emerging ecosexual movement, a grassroots transnational social movement that blends sustainability, environmental, and climate justice with gender, sexual, and reproductive rights activism. Jennifer has a piece published in the newly released edited collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love. She is an avid scholar-activist, and proud mom and grandma. Learn more about her work at JenniferJReed.com.
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