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Three Sexual Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By April 20, 2012

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Type the phrase "ecosex" into your favorite search engine and pretty much all you'll get are for profit companies hawking their wares with a few coats of green washing. It's too bad because there's no question that many of the ways we express our sexuality leave a mark on the earth, and at a minimum it would be helpful (for us and for our planet) if we gave some thought to that.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions of ways you might privately mark Earth Day, which is coming up this Sunday and is being marked all week by people around the globe.

Imagine Sex on Earth
One of the ways that we lead relatively impoverished sex lives is that we keep our sexuality separate from the rest of our lives. Sex is a "special" topic. We need an excuse to bring it up at work, in the media, at home, in schools, and in most places of workshop. But people are expressing their sexuality all the time, and people are having sex all the time (globally, not individually). If one of the goals of Earth Day is to become just a little more conscious about your individual and our social impact on the planet, I would like to suggest you take ten minutes some time this week and just imagine sex on the planet. You can think about the sex you've had or are having, and it's impact; you can imagine people around the world, at this very moment, having sex. Good sex, bad sex, sex for money, sex for fun, sex for procreation. Where are they? What is their relationship to the planet and what is our relationship to each other as humans? This might seem a bit flaky but just try it, and see where your mind wanders.

Inspire Yourself to Think About the Planet, Sex, and You
You might be someone who already thinks about yourself sexually in relation to other people and the planet. But since few of us are ever encouraged to think about it, you probably don't. Most of us need help, inspiration, to let our minds go, and that's the second Earth Day sex task I'd like to give you. Watching a documentary about the planet may teach you a lot and inspire you too, but since documentary filmmakers tend to compartmentalize sex like the rest of us, you'll probably find sexuality is left out. So you may have to dig around a little more. Whether it's poetry, film, music, or fiction, take something in this week that will get you thinking differently about the planet, yourself, and sex. If you haven't seen it before, you could start with Isabella Rossellini's award-winning Green Porno series. It will absolutely make you think of the sexual habits of various earth inhabitants in a different way. You might also enjoy photographer and sex educator Heather Firth's Earth Erotica series.

Learn More About What You Don't Know
There are plenty of concrete ways that you can reduce the impact of your sex life on the environment, and reduce the negative impact of various sexual products on your sex life. Make one of your tasks this week to be doing a little homework. Here are some places to start:

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April 21, 2012 at 2:59 am
(1) Tinamarie Bernard says:

Actually, I’ve been writing about Ecosex for three + years now for several websites, most notably greenprophet.com.

I share this because the lack of content has much to do with general discomfort talking about sex, and many environmental websites etc. haven’t shown the strongest interest to make the topic part of their regular fare.

It’s a bummer, really – ecosex has the potential to shake things up in a very good way.

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