You’ve heard of heterosexuals, homosexuals, transsexuals and metrosexuals.
Now, here come the “ecosexuals.”
Ecosexuality a new movement at the intersection of culture and ecological activism founded by performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens which seeks to re-frame the conversation around solving environmental issues.
“We are shifting the metaphor from Earth as mother to Earth as lover,” says Stephens, who divides her time between making art and teaching the subject at UC Santa Cruz.
“When we imagine the Earth as a mother, we imagine the mother will take care of us and we can just take, take, take,” says Sprinkle, who is also an educator and former sex worker. “Whereas the Earth as a lover, you have to treat them nice or they go away.”
Sprinkle, Stephens, and other members of the growing ecosexual community use performance art, documentary film, interactive walking tours -- and a ton of humor -- to grab people’s attention around global warming and other pressing ecological problems with the aim of inciting them to action.