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Could Ecosexuality Change My Life?

A Review of Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love 

Thalia Mendoza

 

What is ecosexuality? Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love presents ecosexuality as the idea that we are part of nature, and nature is part of us. This thought-provoking book introduces the concept that Earth is not our mother, but instead our lover. Ecosexuality is more than a sexual movement, it is a spiritual and social movement that refocuses our attention on being eco-centric rather than ego-centric, welcoming the inclusiveness of all things. Ecosexuality, the book, boldly suggests that if we treat the Earth as our lover and welcome inclusive love, society could overcome most of, if not our entire, social crisis.

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love, The Introduction, takes the reader on a beautiful journey that peaks our interest toward the idea of ecosexuality as a sexual identity and as a social movement. The narrative starts by explaining the deep history of the relationship between sexuality and ecosystems as represented in the personification of natural forces such as Eros, who is known as the energy that motivates all living things, and Gaia, who, represents Earth. Ecosexuality also presents the impact of seeing the Earth as spiritless and all sexual conducts as obscene. The authors are calling the readers to imagine how the the reawakening of this movement could improve our communities.

The text explains that ecosexuality is an umbrella movement that covers many areas such as lifestyle, art, and philosophy. This movement connects the environmental movement with the sex-positive movement, thus linking the understanding that consensual sex is pleasurable and healthy with the role that humans play as advocates of Earth and ecology. . This text encourages us to analyze the effects that this movement could have on the social, ecological, and economic challenges that we face today and could face tomorrow if humanity doesn’t find a spiritual connection to all that which surrounds it. Ecosexuality goes further to analyze the effect that relating to Earth as a lover instead of a mother could have on us, proposing that it could lead us to learn how to better give back to Earth, how to be one with Earth and all that inhabits it, how to share loved-ones, and how to see others as possible lovers instead of competition. This relationship could help us understand sex as more than just a physical act, but also as a form of communication.

This reading was incredibly thought provoking. As I read I found myself imagining the possibilities of having been raised in this ecosexual movement.

Could this ecosexual perspective change how I experience life?

The idea of seeing Earth as a lover is in itself a big change in our cultural understandings. I, like most, have been raised to think of Earth as a mother, ever forgiving, ever loving, and as the ever giver of all without question. The simple act of changing Earth to lover, implies that all of this changes, it implies that if you want a healthy relationship with Earth you should not take Earth for granted, but instead love Earth as Earth has loved you, and give to Earth as Earth has given to you.

It also questions the idea that lovers can’t be shared: if Earth is a lover, I share this lover with millions of other people,and if we all have this lover in common, then aren’t we all also possible lovers. This small statement changes everything; it changes how we look at and treat each other. Treating the Earth as a lover and all other humans as people with whom we share our lover could change our culture and our behaviors.

Connecting us all on a spiritual level, this simple idea of relating to one another with love could change a whole generation for the better. For communities around the world, it could save a lot of hardships. The core idea of the ecosexual movement, embracing the Earth as lover, has transformed my whole understanding of life and community.

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Dr. Martha Tara Lee Reviews Ecosexuality

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Do You Love Mother Earth?

A Review of Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love

 

Dr. Martha Tara Lee

 

Do you love Mother Earth? Not really. Do you? If Mother doesn’t speak to you, how about imagining as Father Earth instead? Or as a lover? Whichever way you look at it, our very survival is dependent on earth being o.k. How about more than o.k. like thriving?

Now, do you see the link with our sexuality? If you are even remotely intrigued by the emerging ecosexual movement, this epic book Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love is for you. Edited by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen, Ecosexuality explores the link between sexuality and ecology from all angles, and via the voices of 30 cultural creatives and ecosexual leaders.
This is a very special book. I was deeply moved with the depth and facets in which the love for ecology and its connection with our sexuality is depicted. Some of these poems and essays cover not just the thoughts of the writer, but their journey through the different stages of their lives. I could feel their hearts and even souls pouring into these pages, and as my heart begins to beat with theirs, I am awakened and transformed. Truly remarkable.

As a Singaporean Chinese, I found some of the references to be way over my head. Ecosexuality is not just from the heart, and the book offers a fair amount of intellectual discussions for which it can stand on its own as a literary read. More to the point, this book is so rich with historical and cultural references, that even if you get all of it, there is still plenty to be absorbed. As the saying goes, “Take what is useful and discard the rest.” Seek to understand, ignore what you don’t, and appreciate what you do. And as we begin to journey through life, we will begin to be able to appreciate the richness of this book–the appreciation of it being where we are at that given moment.

Divided into four thematic sections, the book offers a compelling, diverse, integrated and exciting perspective. It is evident that a lot has gone into the making of Ecosexuality, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be in the shoes of the editors. This is an epic book, a classic, and one which everybody needs to get, and especially sexuality educators who truly want to understand how important our sexuality is in the link with ecology.

My only regret is that I am not included in it. It does have many of the who’s who working in the field of positive sexuality including of course, my heroine Annie Sprinkle and her wife, Elizabeth Stephens. They contributed their EcoSex Manifesto (which I already love), and Vows for Marrying the Earth.

I appreciate the list of biographies for each contributor, and the resource list at the end of the book. They alone are worth their weight in gold. I would highly recommend this book!

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Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the book Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com or email info@eroscoaching.com.