What is Sexecology?
The concept of Sexecology, as the concept of postporn1, was developed more recently by Annie Sprinkle with the artist and ecologist Beth Sptephens.
Sexecology is a mix between art, theory, and sexual-ecological-practical education. It’s also a strategy to create a reciprocal and sustainable relation with the planet, using the metaphor of Earth not as mother but as lover, avoiding that conception certainly sexist of Earth as a big carer mother.
It could perfectly be inside of another more global concept as ecofeminism2 which proposes that the oppresion-exploitation exerted over women by the patriarchy has its large-scale representation in the oppresion-exploitation that the patriarchal capitalism exerts over the planet. Ecofeminism says that there’s a direct relation between the domination systems exerted over the planet and over women.
The way in what Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens have developed the ecofeminism is, because of their past and their formation, an artistic, postpornographic and sexual way, giving a new dimension to the movement and driving it to the fields where they are experts.
This valuable contribution, not only for ecofeminism but also for postpornography and art, is developed by Annie and Beth in a lot of formats. Workshops, eco-weddings, sexecological walking-tours through nature, and lectures and talks about this subject.
On October 24th of 2010 took place the World’s First Ecosex Symposium, in Santa Mónica, California3, and hundreds of people attended from a lot of fields and specialties (visual arts, cinema, press, philosophy, sexology, activism, prostitution, ecology, education, etc). So it’s clear the validity of this new movement which is being promoted by Annie and Beth and supported by people from specialties till now with difficulties to stablish alliances. It’s a new point of view of ecology, a point of view that is interested in another activisms important for change.
The links with the eco-artivism emerged on the 60′s and 70′s in US are undeniable, but in recent years the enviromental movement has taken different political ways that left aside art. Annie and Beth recover that concept to addapt it to the present moment and in some way to renew it. About the eco-feminism and eco-artivism in the Iberian Peninsula we don’t find so much referents and maybe this renewment could include us if we have the possibility of knowing the tools that make it happen, and Annie and Beth know these tools very well.
1 Term invented by the Dutch artist Wink van Kempen to describe a “new genere of explicit films, maybe the most experimental of the scene at a visual, political, humorous, artistic and eclectic level. In Annie Sprinkle words (in Sprinkle, Annie: Post-Porn Modernist, Ed. Kleis, San Francisco, 1998, p. 160.)
2 About ecofeminism it’s interesting this article (spanish) of Verónica Perales Blanco: Prácticas artísticas y ecofeminismo. Revista «Creatividad y Sociedad», noviembre de 2010.
ECOSEX MANIFESTO (de momento sólo en inglés)
Draft 1.0 of a work in progress.
Draft 1.0 of a work in progress.
(i) WE ARE THE ECOSEXUALS. The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love, and we are grateful for this relationship each and every day. In order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with the Earth, we collaborate with nature. We treat the Earth with kindness, respect and affection.
(ii) WE MAKE LOVE WITH THE EARTH. We are aquaphiles, teraphiles, pyrophiles and aerophiles. We shamelessly hug trees, massage the earth with our feet, and talk erotically to plants. We are skinny dippers, sun worshipers, and stargazers. We caress rocks, are pleasured by waterfalls, and admire the Earth’s curves often. We make love with the Earth through our senses. We celebrate our E-spots. We are very dirty.
(iii) WE ARE A RAPIDLY GROWING, GLOBAL, ECOSEX COMMUNITY. This community includes artists, academics, sex workers, sexologists, healers, environmental activists, nature fetishists, gardeners, business people, therapists, lawyers, peace activists, eco-feminists, scientists, educators, (r)evolutionaries, critters and other entities from diverse walks of life. Some of us are SexEcologists, researching and exploring the places where sexology and ecology intersect in our culture. As consumers we aim to buy green, organic, and local. Whether on farms, at sea, in the woods, or in cities small and large, we connect and empathize with nature.
(iv) WE ARE ECOSEX ACTIVISTS. We will save the mountains, waters and skies by any means necessary, especially through love, joy and our powers of seduction. We will stop the rape, abuse and the poisoning of the Earth. We do not condone the use of violence, although we recognize that some ecosexuals may choose to fight those most guilty for destroying the Earth with public disobedience, anarchist and radical environmental activist strategies. We embrace the revolutionary tactics of art, music, poetry, humor, and sex. We work and play tirelessly for Earth justice and global peace. Bombs hurt.
(v) ECOSEXUAL IS AN IDENTITY. For some of us, being ecosexual is our primary (sexual) identity, whereas for others it is not. Ecosexuals can be GLBTQI, heterosexual, asexual, and/or Other. We invite and encourage ecosexuals to come out. We are everywhere. We are polymorphous and pollen-amorous, We educate people about ecosex culture, community and practices. We hold these truths to be self evident; that we are all part of, not separate from, nature. Thus all sex is ecosex.
(vi) THE ECOSEX PLEDGE. I promise to love, honor and cherish you Earth, until death brings us closer together forever.
The ecosex revolution wants YOU. Join us.
Elizabeth M. Stephens & Annie M. Sprinkle