Trading Truth for Insanity (and getting to teach in a California College too)

When I’m not in San Francisco I’m usually 80-miles south with family and friends in the beach town of Santa Cruz. Not only is it a beautiful place, but also it’s where my wife was born and raised. The downside to Santa Cruz is that it’s home to complete kooks who live in an alternative universe.

Enter Elizabeth Stephens, a professor at the University of California—Santa Cruz. Stephens chairs the school’s Art Department and recently produced a documentary film entitled, “Ecosexual Love Story,” in which she and her lesbian partner licked trees, played with mud, and made love with the environment—all while completely naked. A couple years ago Stephens led an “ecosexual tour” to Santa Monica, California where she and others married the Pacific Ocean.

No, I’m not kidding.

Over this past summer, Dr. Stephens co-led an “Ecosex Walking Tour” in Germany that offered “25 ways to make love to the Earth, raise awareness of environmental issues, learn ecosexercises, find E-spots, and climax with the planetary clitoris,” according to a description of the event on the U.C. Santa Cruz website.

Earlier this year, Stephens also co-authored, “The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm: for every body.” The book, according to the online description, allows readers to “learn the fascinating history of orgasm research, expand your definition of orgasm, and voyage into undiscovered orgasmic lands.”

As a result of Stephens’ efforts, ecosexualism is picking up followers. The concept was recently featured in Teen Vogue, which told its young audience about a concept called grassilingus, which was accompanied by a description of some idiot laying facedown in the grass and licking it. According to the article:

“Whether it’s masturbating with water pressure, using eco-friendly lubricant, or literally having sex with a tree — a person of any sexual proclivity who finds eroticism in nature, or believes that making environmentalism sexy will slow the planet’s destruction, can be ecosexual.”

In August, Women’s Health Magazine interviewed Stephens about the book. She told the publication that, “…you don’t look at the Earth as your mother, you look at it as your lover.” She continued by saying, “This could mean getting off while writhing around naked in the mud, to simply getting joy out of doing it in a hot tub or going on a naked hike.”

Yikes! My eyes!

Last November, the conservative website, Breitbart , reported on Stephens’ self-described “manifesto.” The document states: “We make love with the Earth. We are aquaphiles, teraphiles, pyrophiles and aerophiles. We shamelessly hug trees, massage the earth with our feet and talk erotically to plants. We are skinny dippers, sun worshippers, and stargazers. 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.”

Dirty? Absolutely.

And let’s not forget, totally perverted.

Brian Sussman

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