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Getting Wet with the Ecosexuals in the Headlands

Ecosexual Ritual performed in the Marin Headlands

Ecosexuals Maria Ramirez, Dr. Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle, and Joy Fairfield, are documented by Larry Revene as they celebrate their connection to the Earth.  photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

Just outside of San Francisco, we caught up with Sexecologists Annie Sprinkle and her partner Dr. Beth Stephens for an Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands. The two used their E.A.R.T.H. Lab to tow the Pollination Pod over the Golden Gate bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts, a former military barracks which has been rehabilitated by artists.

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens' E.AR.T.H Lab and Pollination Pod

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens’ E.AR.T.H Lab and Pollination Pod  photos by Gerard Damiano Jr.

There, Annie and Beth along with fellow Ecosexual Activists Joy and Maria, led a tour of the surrounding area and demonstrated Twenty-Five Ways to Make Love to the Earth.

A flower grows out of a septic tank in the Marin Headlands

A flower grows out of a septic tank in the Marin Headlands  photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

Their presentation included a ritual celebrating our intimate relationship with water and some lessons on how to conserve it, raising awareness about the current drought conditions in California. The dusty brown landscape that we have encountered during our drive through Northern California is evidence of this very real crisis. The tour concluded with a kind of symbolic Ecosexual orgy in the woods which involved the consumption of some very juicy fruits.

The Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands reaches a climax

The Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands reaches a climax.  photos by Gerard Damiano Jr.

To learn more about Ecosexualism visit www.theEcosexuals.org
To find out where the E.A.R.T.H. Lab is headed next, visit www.earthlab.ucsc.edu
Learn more about the Sexology at: sexecology.org
Like Annie on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/Annie-Sprinkle
Visit her website at: www.anniesprinkle.org
Follow Annie on Twitter at: @AnnieSprinkle
Follow Beth on Twitter at: @ebethstephens

Ecosexual Raccoons are drawn to the Pollination Pod.

Ecosexual Raccoons are drawn to the Pollination Pod.  photo by Larry Revene

PS Congratulations to Beth Stephens who just successfully defended her Doctoral Thesis. We knew you could do it Doc!


Annie Sprinkle… Porn Star, Art Star, Author, Ecosexual Activist, Goddess

Annie Sprinkle Ecosexual Goddess Photo © Julian Cash

Annie Sprinkle Ecosexual Goddess
Photo © Julian Cash

Dr. Annie Sprinkle earned her place as a legend of the ”Golden Age of Porn”, but did not let that alone define her. Her career is not easy to summarize. She has been rightly described as a sex educator, feminist stripper, prostitute, performance artist, post-porn modernist, photographer, and film maker, and her resumé continues. She has the distinction of being the first porn star to earn a Ph.D., and is the author of 5 books. Early in her career she became an advocate for Sex Workers rights, and when the AIDS epidemic broke out, she used her talent and celebrity to spread awareness about Safe Sex. She survived cancer, and turned the experience into art.

When Annie first met my father in an Arizona courthouse in 1973, while “Deep Throat” was being prosecuted. They were both called in as witnesses, (he for writing and directing the film, and she, for merely selling tickets at the Tucson movie theater, where it was showing). They were instantly attracted to one another, and began a relationship which lasted for years. This brought Annie to New York City, where she would live for the next 22 years.

Today she is married to artist and UCSC professor Beth Stephens. Their wedding itself was a work of art, getting married more than 14 times, during their seven-year project, Love Art Laboratory. Identifying as “ecosexuals”, they use their creativity AND sexuality, to raise awareness about critical environmental issues. Their latest collaboration, which is currently in production, “Water Makes Us Wet” draws attention to Water, the lack of which, is a crisis in their home state of California, at this very moment.

Annie Sprinkle in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”

Annie Sprinkle in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”
© 2015 Class X, LLC

We visited Annie and Beth, at their country cottage, in Boulder Creek, California, literally surrounded by Redwood Trees, where they spend time away from their home in San Francisco. Annie spoke to me candidly about her relationship with my father. I learned that she actually worked behind the scenes in more of his films, than she appeared in. We spoke about her cameo in “Throat: 12 Years After”, and her controversial scene with then boyfriend Mal O’Ree, in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”, which is still as hot and edgy today, as it was when it was shot in 1983. My father directed Annie in “Consenting Adults”, a film that she conceived of, in which she documented her friends and their real life sexual escapades, in a kind of hardcore “reality show”. She never pretended to be an actress, but rather let her genuine sexual nature, be captured on film.

#TheCrewof2 with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens at SOMArts Cultural Center

#TheCrewof2 with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens at SOMArts Cultural Center during the opening of “Making a Scene: 50 Years of Bay Area Alternative Spaces”. Photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

After our interview, Larry Revene and I followed Beth and Annie to San Francisco, to document their performance at SOMArts Cultural Center. The time-lapse video below, shows them performing water rituals, inside and outside of their “Pollination Pod”, a sort of mobile ecosexual laboratory. Currently Annie and Beth are on tour in California.
To learn more about about their project, visit: www.theEcosexuals.org

Visit Annie’s website at: www.anniesprinkle.org
Follow her on Twitter at: @AnnieSprinkle
Follow her on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/Annie-Sprinkle
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earn more about the Sexology at: sexecology.org
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ee Annie and Beth’s latest film “Goodbye Gauley Mountain-An Ecosexual Love Story


Annie Sprinkle
and Beth Stephens perform Water Rituals, both inside and out, of their Pollination Pod at SOMArts Cultural Center
“Shaw ’Nuff” performed by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie