Former prostitute and porn star Annie Sprinkle has come out of the closet as an ecosexual. Sprinkle, a leader in the sex-positive feminist movement, will be coming to Eugene and leading an “ecosexy walking tour” from 3 to 4:30 pm Thursday, April 12, outside the EMU at UO.
To be an ecosexual is to blend ecology with environmentalism; it’s less about Earth as your mother and more about planet as your lover. Sprinkle and her partner Elizabeth Stephens have “married” the Earth, the sky and the sea in performance art weddings, and Sprinkle says she is out to make “the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse.”
Hardcore sex-positivism will meet hardcore environmentalism, also on April 12, when a group of experts, including Earth First!er Kim Marks, will be available from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm outside the UO’s EMU Fishbowl to answer your sex questions as part of a free sidewalk sex clinic. Marks recently launched an ecologically oriented online pleasure shop, As You Like It.
The shop (asyoulikeitpdx.com) sells gender-inclusive, environmentally friendly items that let lovers be “green between the sheets,” including Eugene-based Good Clean Love’s organic personal lubricants and sex toys that are phthalate-free.
Marks says, “As You Like It will be open to talk about body-safe products” at the sidewalk sex clinic. She says the clinic, “gives us safer place for people to ask questions about sex that they rarely get the opportunity to ask.”
And if the environment turns you on, then the ecosexy walk will teach how to find your “e-spot,” and “25 ways to make love to the Earth and stimulate your senses,” according to information from Sprinkle. If you miss the Eugene walk, then you can head up to Portland on April 15 for a full-on ecosexy hike along the Clackamas River. Go to wkly.ws/18s for more info.
Once the ecosexual activities get students and other Eugeneans in the mood for Earth Day, they can check out the UO’s Sustainability Center’s “Earth Week 2012” with six days of events leading up to Earth Day, kicking off on Monday, April 16. The theme is “activating collective energy” and events include a zero-waste fair on April 18 and talks on coal trains, bikes and sustainable businesses. Go to wkly.ws/18r for a full schedule.