Annelise Tuttle: How would you define an ecosexual?
Annie Sprinkle: Different people would define it differently. To me, it’s about being in love with the Earth, with nature, and giving and receiving pleasure with the Earth. It is also about exploring the eroticism, romance, sensuality/sexuality of nature. Of course that might include sex with a person. People are part of nature. People are made of the Earth, of water, stardust. So in my mind and heart, all sex is really ecosex. It goes beyond human
AT: What do you believe it takes to be an ecosexual?
AS: Expanding our concept of what sex is. Loving humans, and also non human entities, like the sky, sea, mountains, rivers, valleys, the Moon.
AT: When did you first decide you were an ecosexual?
AS: Probably when I came out of my mother’s womb. Or maybe even before that. Or maybe it was when I was a young hippie at fourteen and ingested psychoactive mushrooms on the beach in Panama on the equator and it bonded me with the Universe. Or maybe it was in 2008 when my life partner Elizabeth Stephens and I married the Earth in a redwood grove in Santa Cruz with 400 guest witnesses. We promised to “love, honor, and cherish the Earth.” From that day forward, I took those vows seriously. You can see videos of our eleven ecosex weddings at loveartlab.org.
AT: Discussing taboo topics relating to sex can be difficult and scary, yet you embrace such topics. What advice can you give to people who are intimidated by such topics?
AS: Take your time. Go at your own pace. Follow your own individual path. Do it your way. And if you are an adventurous type, don’t be afraid to make ‘mistakes.’ Because if you learn, you win. It’s like in life, if you don’t try things, experiment, you will not get very far in general. But further is not necessarily better.
AT: You seem very happy and optimistic. Even in facing breast cancer you took that as an opportunity to have fun by putting on a chemo fashion show. Have you always been an optimist and happy individual?
AS: I have my ups and downs. Generally I am optimistic, but I can also get confused about what to do next in life, and how to keep earning money as things shift.
AT: One could say you’ve lived a life of pushing societal boundaries. What advice can you give to someone who fears the judgement that comes from such a lifestyle of pushing societal boundaries?
AS: Love yourself for who you are. Everyone has their purposes in life. Everyone is different. I’m just trying to make the world a little more like how I think it would be better. That is what drives me. Other things drive other people. I respect people who farm, for example, or are teachers, or waiters to name a few. Thankfully not everyone wants to do the things I want to do. That would be terrible!