GD Eco-Sexy: From “Mother Earth” to “Lover Earth”

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Ecosexual Pride Flag - Earth as Lover

Ecosexual Pride Flag – Earth as Lover

Have you ever thought of our planet as your partner?

How about as your erotic partner?

Two West Coast artists, co-authors of the Ecosex Manifesto, are advocating for just that:

“We’re changing the metaphor from ‘Earth as Mother’ to ‘Earth as Lover.'”

From this perspective, instead of viewing nature as an enemy force to be dominated, or the Earth as a mother that will take care of us forever, we come to see the “Earth as Lover” in an equal partnership with ourselves.

As an environmental activist strategy, their hope is that such a shift in cultural perception will create a more mutual, sustainable and loving relationship between humans and the Earth.

If we love Earth so much, why don’t we marry it?

In this Green Divas Eco Sexy episode, I talked to Green Diva Meg about folks who have actually married their “lover earth.” Listen up then read on for more…

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In case you doubted their commitment, Annie Sprinkle—an internationally renowned feminist media artist— and her partner, Elizabeth Stephens—an environmental activist, filmmaker and art professor—began staging interactive performance art weddings in 2005. The couple originally planned a seven-year performance art wedding project in response to the anti-gay marriage movement and being prevented from marrying in California. However, in 2008, they extended these weddings to include the Earth.

Sprinkle and Stephens invited people to collaborate and join them in their vow to love, honor and cherish the Earth until death brings us closer together forever. Since then, they have performed marriage ceremonies to various nature entities in a series of rather elaborate and colorful ecosex weddings. Along with the Earth, they have produced international weddings to the Sky, Sea, Moon, Appalachian Mountains, Snow, Coal, Rocks, Sun and Soil. Through their art, they seek to instill hope while exploring serious issues. Together they aim to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse.

bride ready to marry earth

Something old, something new…

This actually isn’t a new concept, but a call back to an old tradition. On the Italian peninsula, a “Marriage of the Sea” ceremony symbolically wedded the city of Venice to the Adriatic Sea every year on Ascension Day. The practice dates back to the year 1000, with the Pope eventually casting a ring from the state barge into the sea as a nuptial. Each year, the Sea was proclaimed to be the bride of Venice, symbolizing intimacy with, dependence on and domination of the Sea.

More recently, Italian native, author and professor Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio (aka SerenaGaia) invited others to marry the beach with her at her home in the Caribbean. She describes this wedding as an official expression of connection to an ecosystem that nourishes and supports her, like a loving partner.

In Latin America, popular Peruvian actor, artist and environmental activist, Richard Torres has married trees on three occasions—in Colombia, Argentina and Peru. Similarly, he hopes to bring attention to human-made environmental troubles of the world and to persuade people to “commit to nature and stop destroying it.”

Still, some people may be more comfortable with seeing the Earth as a sibling. And, if that’s what works to engage them (or you) in a more mutual, sustainable and loving partnership with our planet, then that’s okay, too.

What do you think of having a lover Earth?

Bonus:

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About the author / 

Green Diva Jennifer

Jennifer J. Reed is a sociology Ph.D. candidate and Barrick Graduate Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her current dissertation research focuses on the ecosexual movement, a growing grassroots transnational social movement that blends sustainability, environmental and climate justice with gender, sexual and reproductive rights activism. Jennifer has a piece published in the newly released edited collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love. She is an avid scholar-activist, and proud mom and grandma. Learn more about her work at JenniferJReed.com.

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4 Comments

  1. lori@groovygreenlivin.com'
    Lori Popkewitz Alper April 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Certainly an interesting concept! There are times when I completely agree-the environmental movement needs to be a little more sexy, fun and diverse. Thanks for sharing!

  2. info@greenmomscollective.ca'
    Sara April 28, 2015 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Everytime I read your posts I learn so much! Thanks for sharing about this concept.

  3. Anne@FlourSackMama.com'
    Anne April 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    You always add an unexpected twist on eco topics that keep them interesting!

  4. mindfulmomma@yahoo.com'
    Micaela Preston April 29, 2015 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Love this idea! I think it’s really healthy to feel “married” to nature!

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