Do You Love Mother Earth?
A Review of Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love
Dr. Martha Tara Lee
Do you love Mother Earth? Not really. Do you? If Mother doesn’t speak to you, how about imagining as Father Earth instead? Or as a lover? Whichever way you look at it, our very survival is dependent on earth being o.k. How about more than o.k. like thriving?
Now, do you see the link with our sexuality? If you are even remotely intrigued by the emerging ecosexual movement, this epic book Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love is for you. Edited by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen, Ecosexuality explores the link between sexuality and ecology from all angles, and via the voices of 30 cultural creatives and ecosexual leaders.
This is a very special book. I was deeply moved with the depth and facets in which the love for ecology and its connection with our sexuality is depicted. Some of these poems and essays cover not just the thoughts of the writer, but their journey through the different stages of their lives. I could feel their hearts and even souls pouring into these pages, and as my heart begins to beat with theirs, I am awakened and transformed. Truly remarkable.
As a Singaporean Chinese, I found some of the references to be way over my head. Ecosexuality is not just from the heart, and the book offers a fair amount of intellectual discussions for which it can stand on its own as a literary read. More to the point, this book is so rich with historical and cultural references, that even if you get all of it, there is still plenty to be absorbed. As the saying goes, “Take what is useful and discard the rest.” Seek to understand, ignore what you don’t, and appreciate what you do. And as we begin to journey through life, we will begin to be able to appreciate the richness of this book–the appreciation of it being where we are at that given moment.
Divided into four thematic sections, the book offers a compelling, diverse, integrated and exciting perspective. It is evident that a lot has gone into the making of Ecosexuality, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be in the shoes of the editors. This is an epic book, a classic, and one which everybody needs to get, and especially sexuality educators who truly want to understand how important our sexuality is in the link with ecology.
My only regret is that I am not included in it. It does have many of the who’s who working in the field of positive sexuality including of course, my heroine Annie Sprinkle and her wife, Elizabeth Stephens. They contributed their EcoSex Manifesto (which I already love), and Vows for Marrying the Earth.
I appreciate the list of biographies for each contributor, and the resource list at the end of the book. They alone are worth their weight in gold. I would highly recommend this book!
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Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the book Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.