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'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to plants marry the Earth in kinky wedding ceremony

'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
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Last Updated on August 18, 2021 by MyGh.Online

Two women “fiercely in love” with the Earth are trying to make us care for it better by ‘marrying’ the seas, skies and soil.

American couple Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens are performance artists and self confessed ‘ecosexuals’. In the woods of Santa Cruz, California, in 2008 they married the Earth in front of over 300 people.

It was the fourth year of a seven-year-long art project titled “Love Art Laboratory”. It was also the year they announced their ecosexuality.

“The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love,” states their manifesto.

“In order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with the Earth, we collaborate with nature.

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'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
Extravagant dressing is a key part of the ceremonies

“We shamelessly hug trees, massage the earth with our feet, and talk erotically to plants.

“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.”

Annie and Beth met at Rutgers University and entered a domestic partnership in San Francisco in 2003.



'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
They see a wedding as one big performance

Some 33 other couples, a mixture of LGBT and straight, joined them in declaring their love for one another in an extravagant ceremony.

They explain in their book Assuming the Ecosexual Position: the Earth as Lover: “[We realised we] could mobilise the wedding ceremony as a means to engage further political conversation, build community, and generate love.”

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From 2004 they launched a series of wedding performances as part of “Love Art Laboratory”, raunchy and vibrant ceremonies that were themed and included hours-long kissing sessions, stripteases and paddle spanking.



'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
The couple’s ideas are outlined in their book

Beth told CNN: “We’re really trying to change the lens that people see the Earth through.

“Rather than as a resource, we want people to see the Earth as a source of pleasure in life and health. They’re really interconnected.”

The couple used the rituals as a vehicle for activism, not only promoting environmentalism but also LGBT rights when same-sex marriage was illegal in the US.

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'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
LGBT activism has also been central to the project

“Generating more love for the environment is needed more than ever,” the couple said.

“Love Art Laboratory” included an Orange Year where guests dressed as carrots, a Blue Year with marriages to the Adriatic Sea in Venice and the sky in Oxford, and the Green Year when they married the earth.



'Ecosexuals' who talk dirty to trees and massage soil are trying to save the planet
Each ceremony will have a different colour theme

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Annie and Beth continued their performances after the project concluded in 2011, going on to marry coal in Spain and soil in Austria to name just two.

The pair no longer organise the weddings, but other ecosexuals or activists have taken up the mantle. In September they will be joining artist Ewelina Jarosz at a marriage to the brine shrimp of Great Salt Lake in Utah.


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