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Queer ‘ecosexual’ couple make love to the planet and practice ‘grassilingus’

Lily Wakefield January 21, 2022
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Ecosexual couple Annie Sprinkle (left) and Beth Stephens (right)

Ecosexual couple Annie Sprinkle (left) and Beth Stephens (right). (ITV)

An ecosexual same-sex couple have discussed “grassilingus” and taking the Earth as their lover as part of their surprisingly wholesome “new movement”.

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, a married couple in the US, appeared on Friday’s (21 January) episode of This Morning.

Speaking to hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond, Stephens explained: “The simplest way to define it is that an ecosexual is someone who loves the Earth.”

Sprinkle added: “We imagine that the Earth is our lover and we enjoy all the sensual pleasures that the Earth has to offer.”

The couple run a non-profit called E.A.R.T.H. Lab, which “questions and expands prevailing notions of environmental art, challenges the mainstream’s binary concepts of gender, sexuality and race, incorporates inclusive, diverse and imaginative possibilities for sustainable living, and supports the adoption of public policies based on scientifically informed environmental practices”.

Stevens described the ecosexual community as a “new movement”, and explained: “It’s a term that people use to identify their preferences.

“So you can be ecosexual and also be heterosexual or homosexual, or even asexual, you don’t have to give up any of your identities.

“It just means you enjoy taking pleasure with the Earth and giving the Earth pleasure as well.”

Expanding on what being ecosexual actually involves, Stephens said: “Well, say when you go for a walk, you’re giving the Earth a massage with your feet.”

“Your ‘E-spots’ are ecosexy spots,” Sprinkle chimed in. “For example, appreciating flowers as the reproductive organs of the plants.”

“You might even practice grassilingus, but that’s pretty advanced,” added Stephens.

Sadly, O’Leary suggested that they “not explore what that means” on breakfast TV.

The couple explained that the joy of being ecosexual was that “you can look at the sky and know you have a lover, you can walk in the grass and know you have a lover”.

In a point that is hard to argue with, they questioned why “getting really intimate with a tree” is not accepted, but the destruction of the rainforests has become an everyday part of life.

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have written a book titled Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth As Lover

As well as producing a film, Water Makes Us Wet, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle published a book last year titled Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth As Lover. 

It was described in one review from Scottish artist BD Owens as “a romping chronicle of love, art and research collaborative practice”.

He added: “Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens have created a much needed ‘space outside the environmental activist mainstream’ where people can be themselves.”

Through their organisation E.A.R.T.H. Lab, Stephens and Sprinkle run ecosexual walking tours, ecosex sidewalk clinics (where attendees can find tips on “pollen-amory” and “rosebud reiki”, and symposia like “Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium” and “Seedbed: A Soil Symposium”.

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