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Ecosexuals Believe Having Sex with the Earth Could Save It
If you happen to find yourself in Sydney this week, you have the unique opportunity to have sex with the earth. You just need to stop by the "ecosexual bathhouse," which is currently part of the Syndey LiveWorks Festival of experimental art. The bathhouse is an interactive installation created by artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair of Pony Express, who described the work to me as a "no-holds-barred extravaganza meant to dissolve the barriers between species as we descend into oblivion" as the result of our global environmental crisis. But they also see their piece as a part of a much larger ecosexual movement, which they say is gathering momentum around the world.
And they may be right. Jennifer Reed, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is writing a dissertation on ecosexuality, and says that the number of people who identify as ecosexuals has increased markedly in the past two years. And Google search data confirms that interest in the term has spiked dramatically over the past year. We may look back on 2016 as the year ecosexuality hit the mainstream.
Ecosexuality is a term with wide-ranging definitions, which vary depending on who you ask. Amanda Morgan, a faculty member at the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences who is involved in the ecosexual movement, says that ecosexuality could be measured in a sense not unlike the Kinsey Scale: On one end, it encompasses people who try to use sustainable sex products, or who enjoy skinny dipping and naked hiking. On the other are "people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil," she said. "There are people who f**k trees, or masturbate under a waterfall."
The movement's growing prominence owes much to the efforts of Bay Area performance artists, activists, and couple Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, who have made ecosexuality a personal crusade. They have published an "ecosex manifesto" on their website SexEcology and produced several films on the theme, including a documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, which depicts the "pollen-amorous" relationship between them and the Appalachian Mountains. And while touring a theater piece across the country, Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, they've officiated wedding ceremonies where they and fellow ecosexuals marry the earth, the moon, and other natural entities.
Sprinkle and Stephens talk openly about ecosexuality as a new form of sexual identity. At last year's San Francisco Pride Parade, they led a contingent of over a hundred ecosexuals in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to "officially" add an E to the LGBTQI acronym; Stephens told Outside that they believe there are now at least 100,000 people around the world who openly identify as ecosexuals.
According to Reed's research, the term "ecosexuality" has existed since the early 2000s, when it started appearing as a self-description on online dating profiles. It wasn't until 2008 that it began its evolution toward a fully fledged social movement, when Sprinkle and Stephens began officiating ecosexual weddings. The two artists had been active in the marriage equality movement, and they wanted to harness that energy for environmental causes. Stephens has said that their aim was to reconceptualize the way we look at the earth, from seeing the planet as a mother to seeing it as a lover.
Also in 2008, Stefanie Iris Weiss, a writer and activist based in New York, began researching her book Eco-sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable, published in 2010. Weiss, who was at that time unaware of Sprinkle and Stephens's work, initially lent the idea a more practical, literal focus, with research revealing the harmful environmental impact of materials used in condoms, lubes, and other sex products upon both our bodies and the planet. She said that she wrote the book to help people make their sex lives "more carbon neutral and sustainable," and to help us avoid polluting our bodies when we have sex.
The desire for safer and more sustainable sex products remains an important part of the ecosexual movement, and Weiss said that green options for consumers when it comes to sex products have increased dramatically since she wrote her book. But she has also happily embraced Sprinkle and Stephens's more holistic take on ecosexuality, immediately recognizing in their efforts a shared goal: to help people reconnect with nature, and with their own bodies.
Reed said that ecosexuality is different from other social movements in that it focuses on personal behavior and pleasure rather than protests or politics. She said that some people within the environmental movement have kept their distance from it for this reason. But ecosexual activists interviewed for this story all insist they have a serious goal at heart. As Morgan said, thinking about the earth as a lover is the first step toward taking the environmental crisis seriously. "If you piss off your mother, she's probably going to forgive you. If you treat your lover badly, she's going to break up with you."
At the same time, the sense of levity that characterizes works such as the bathhouse or Sprinkle and Stephens's performances is an integral part of the movement. Morgan describes ecosexuality as a means of moving beyond the "depressing Al Gore stuff" that people often associate with environmentalism. Her hope, and that of other ecosexuals such as Weiss and Kronemyer, is that it can gives the average person a way of engaging with the issue that is accessible and fun, and that creates a sense of hopefulness.
Morgan and Weiss both say that they also see sex as a potentially powerful tool for motivating people to make the environment a priority. As Weiss put it: "If you're running from floods, you won't have any time for sex."
Our species is definitely doomed.
I'd go there if there was a chance I could get a wristy from one of nature girls
The mind boggles.
Oh great another letter to the alphabet soup.
I think its time the gays snuck out the door of this weird ass party.
Yeah, chances are while you're getting an old fashioned though she'd be likely to try and shove a madonna lily up your coight.
Wanderlust festival's Australian-New Zealand arm goes bust, leaving businesses out of pocket
Queensland businesses say they are owed thousands of dollars by the organisers of the Australian and New Zealand arm of popular global lifestyle and yoga festival Wanderlust, who have gone into liquidation.
The company had staged several festivals around both countries in the past four years, but filed for insolvency this month.
Wanderlust was last held at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast in November and was next scheduled to be held at Lake Taupo in New Zealand in March.
Several performers and yoga teachers from the Sunshine Coast event told the ABC they had not been paid.
One yoga teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was "unlikely" they would be paid.
The Wanderlust website says the four-day mindful living event brings together yoga and mediation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs.
It is understood hundreds of tickets for the New Zealand event costing $490 each had already been sold.
The festival's parent company Wanderlust USA released a statement saying it hoped the event would go ahead.
"Wanderlust USA is both shocked and saddened by the recent insolvency of our licensee for Australia and New Zealand, YEANZ Ltd," the statement said.
"We recognise that many people who have contributed to the Sunshine Coast festival last October have been affected by this insolvency, and we will develop a plan to mitigate their losses shortly.
"At this moment, it's our priority to see that Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo goes forward in March at the same high level of quality as our yogis expect.
"We are close to securing a capable (and well-financed) new partner, and we hope to be able to make an announcement very shortly."
The US company said if the New Zealand event was cancelled all tickets would be fully refunded.
The Sunshine Coast Council has sponsored the local Wanderlust event for the past three years.
"We are surprised and disappointed to learn of issues regarding payment of suppliers and the subsequent insolvency of the promoter who held the Australian and New Zealand licence for Wanderlust, given the apparent success of the event and the strength of the global Wanderlust brand," a council spokesperson said.
Tourism and Events Queensland also provided sponsorship.
The ABC was unable to contact shareholder and director Jonathan Halstead by phone or email.
At least they are mentally conditioned to cope
Downward dog and inhale
$500 for a ticket.
Whats it up to now? LBGTQIPE?
A few more letters and they might as well just go with NOTSTRAIGHT
Proud to say I was an early contributor to this little lynch mob.
David 'Avocado' Wolfe Deletes Reviews After Facebook Page Slammed With Thousands Of 1-Star Ratings
One of Facebook’s most ubiquitous public figures, with over 12 million followers, David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe’s page was slammed between the evening of February 7th and the morning of the 8th with scathing 1-star reviews. Best known as the curly-haired infomercial spokesman for America’s best-selling Nutribullet blenders, Wolfe has taken heat for promoting harmful “scientific flimflam” ranging from the thoroughly-debunked notion that vaccines cause autism to promotion of unapproved cancer treatments. His brand also has one foot planted firmly in the ridiculous—according to the supplement salesman, “water would levitate right off the Earth” if the oceans weren’t salty, and “chocolate lines up planetarily with the sun.”
Practically overnight, Wolfe’s most vocal detractors slammed the alternative health salesman's Facebook reviews, bringing his average rating down to 1.0 out of 5 stars. While I was writing this column, sometime between 12 pm and 12:30 pm EST, Wolfe’s page administrators disabled the reviews feature. His Facebook information states that Wolfe runs the fan page personally. (I reached out to Wolfe but did not receive comment by time of publication.)
According to his Facebook page public stats, of a total of 5.1k reviews leading up to reviews being disabled, 53 users gave Wolfe’s page a 5-star rating, while 5k people left just 1-star, most within the last twelve hours, with more negative reviews pouring in by the hour. Some critics, like science blogger Matthew “The Credible Hulk” Loftus, can stillaccess their comments with saved URLs for individual reviews. In his critique, Loftus wrote, “[Wolfe] uses a tactic of boosting his reach through the use of innocuous seeming inspirational memes to gain followers, so he can later hit them with absolutely insane conspiracy nonsense and terrible health advice. This makes many people not realize just how outlandish his claims really are until they've already been sucked in by his 'harmless hippie' image and inspirational memes filled with contrived platitudes and deepities, which is part of what makes him dangerous.”
Other typical salvos included:
“[Wolfe] actively encourages people with life threatening diseases to forgo treatments that have been scientifically proven to be effective and save lives.”
“It's so sad to see him have the following he does, because honestly, his platform is reaching seriously vulnerable people, who need REAL science ... I only can pray that these people understand the the negative reviews he has here only have their best interests at heart. This man is profiting off a desire for a fantasy to be real.”
“David Wolfe is giving health advice while repeatedly demonstrating he has no understanding of biology, chemistry, or physics. If he told me water was wet I would get a second opinion.”
“He pulls people in with cute little memes then spreads the worst health information clouding it as fact.”
“He lures people to his page through adorable posts and then unloads garbage information that he pretends is enlightenment.”
Wolfe’s tactic of growing his brand by drawing in followers with cute, inspirational, and share-worthy graphics and posts before hitting them with far less innocuous content is tried and true. Wolfe had only 3.3 million followers when I covered a 2016 campaign in which Wolfe’s critics pledged to to never share the alternative health guru’s posts and encourage others to do the same. Nearly 9 million additional users follow him now, with more succumbing to his brand's allure every day.
I'm so glad facebook's new algorithm has removed that clown's "popular on facebook" posts from my feed.
Although at least seeing which of your friends follow/like his stuff was an easy way of polling intelligence.
To be fair most people who like the slimy merkin are only in it for the feel-good, inspirational memes and don't realise he's a conman of the lowest stripe.
Naturopath jailed for at least seven months for role in starving infant
A Sydney naturopath has been sentenced to seven months in prison for her role in starving an infant in 2015, after a judge slammed her extreme diet advice that almost killed the eight-month-old.
Marilyn Pauline Bodnar was sentenced to a maximum of 14 months' jail but will be eligible for parole on November 4.
The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to an accessory charge of causing danger of death to a child, when she advised the boy's mother to adhere to a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit, and seeds.
The mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had sought advice from Bodnar on how to treat the boy's eczema.
The Downing Centre District Court heard Bodnar advised the woman that the skin condition was caused by the mother's diet and toxins, and she urged her to consume only water and watermelon for three days after the boy began suffering from fever.
Judge Peter Berman said Bodnar's actions were "seriously criminal" and considered public deterrence in handing down his sentence.
The court heard Bodnar saw the child three times between February and May 2015.
The young boy was "just days" from death, according to police, when he was eventually taken to Westmead Children's Hospital on May 28, 2015, suffering from severe malnourishment and developmental issues.
In his submissions, Bodnar's lawyer Rick Mitry said his client had expressed her deepest remorse and had "been punished since the very beginning of this saga."
"Her arrest was almost a staged affair," Mr Mitry told the court, but Judge Berman rejected his assessment, responding that there was "no evidence of that".
Mr Mitry said his client had promised never again to work with children and had a strong chance of rehabilitation.
Keep this thread going. It's good fun.
Yoga injuries land more people in hospital than ever before, study finds
The number of people with a yoga injury serious enough to send them to their local emergency department has increased by almost 80 per cent in just five years, according to a new study.
These statistics alarmed the lead researcher, Betul Sekenditz, a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University who analysed all yoga injuries presenting at emergency departments between 2009 and 2015 in Victoria.
Dr Sekenditz said the enormous increase in yoga injuries could not be explained by a rise in participation rates, which were only 5.5 per cent in the same period.
She did, however, have a theory.
Social media influencers
"I think people know the correct technique, but they might be pushing themselves too early, especially if you look into the influencers on social media," Dr Sekenditz said.
"There is a high focus on pictures to attract likes, so people may be pushing themselves without enough preparation or warm up to get into those poses just for the sake of a picture.
"I think on social media, the most frequent pose we see females performing is the headstand."
The result is then a serious injury — mainly knee injuries and shoulder dislocations, followed by head and neck injuries, and then injuries to the lower back and spine.
The study found 66 recorded cases of yoga injuries and almost 10 per cent of those injuries were serious enough for the person to be admitted to hospital for further treatment.
Most of these occur among women aged between 20 and 39.
"I am not saying we should stop doing yoga, but we need to look into what's going wrong here," Dr Sekenditz said.
"Are we not doing enough preparatory work?
"Are we pushing ourselves too fast to be able to perform certain moves or stands in yoga?"
Dr Sekenditz said people needed to be careful when practising any type of fitness activity, especially yoga, and to ensure their surroundings were clear of furniture or equipment.
The preliminary study has not yet been published but it has been presented at a number of conferences.
Injuries can happen to even the most experienced yogi, as central Queensland yoga instructor Tracey Bienek discovered.
Ms Bienek has been an instructor for 20 years and has taught full time at her studio in Rockhampton for the past five years.
She sustained an injury by pushing herself too far in a pose she was normally capable of doing.
The damage was cemented the following night when Ms Bienek pushed herself even further.
After several trips to the physiotherapist she is back on the mend.
there's more but you get the idea lol
Smallville actress Allison Mack charged over alleged role in sex trafficking case
Actress Allison Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent's confidant Chloe in the television series Smallville, was arrested on Friday (local time) on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labour.
Mack and self-help guru Keith Raniere, the leader of what authorities allege is a sex cult, are each charged with multiple counts, and could face a minimum up to 15 years in prison.
Mack pleaded not guilty to the charges after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.
Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for Raniere and his cult-like organisation called NXIVM and that Mack told the women they were joining a female mentorship group.
"[But] the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labour," federal prosecutors said.
"Mack and other … masters recruited … slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organisation that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women."
Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return.
Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim Penza said in court that that "under the guise of female empowerment" Mack "starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal".
Federal authorities raided an upstate New York residence near Albany where NXIVM was headquartered in March. The organisation also ran programs in Mexico.
Women say they were branded against their will
Raniere, 57, was arrested in Mexico and brought to the US on March 26. He is being held without bail in Brooklyn.
The FBI has filed sex trafficking charges against him, saying that with the help of mostly female assistants, he blackmailed and coerced women into unwanted sex. Prosecutors hinted in earlier papers that Mack was one of the co-conspirators; it is not clear who else may be charged.
Raniere's attorney has said the facts would show his client did not compel or pressure anyone to do anything. He says everyone was acting in accordance with his or her free will at every instant.
Raniere — known within the group as "Vanguard" —sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars and his core disciples who include actresses, wealthy heiresses and a son of the former president of Mexico.
Mack's Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk said she was involved with one of the group's self-help programs but left about five years ago. She wrote on Twitter last month that she didn't experience any "nefarious activity" and was "horrified and disgusted" by the allegations.
Founded in 1998, NXIVM promoted Raniere's teachings as a kind of mystical, executive coaching designed to help people get the most out of life. Those enrolled in its Executive Success Programs paid handsomely for his advice. The organisation also drew criticism from people who likened it to a cult.
Last year, the accusations took a new twist, with women who were part of a NXIVM subgroup coming forward to say that they had been physically branded with a surgical tool against their will.
Prosecutors said in court papers that Raniere created a society within NXIVM called DOS — an acronym based on a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "Lord/Master of obedient female companions".
Women were required to provide damaging material about their friends and family, naked photos and even sign over their assets as a condition for joining, they said. Many were branded with his initials, they said.
Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from her lawyers to release her without bail. A bail hearing will be held Monday.
The 35-year-old starred in The CW network's Smallville but since that series ended in 2011 she has played only minor roles.
There's all sorts of urban legends about Hollywood and sacrifices (of all kinds).
Used to think it was crazy but after the Allison Mack story anything is possible.
I wonder if more will come forward.
When conmen go worse.
Chiropractor who used hidden cameras to film clients identified as Peter Wayne Snodgrass
One of the victims of an Adelaide chiropractor who indecently filmed hundreds of his clients, including children, has praised a judge's decision to lift a suppression order allowing him to be publicly named.
Peter Wayne Snodgrass, who ran a clinic at Rostrevor in Adelaide's east, previously admitted more than 200 charges including indecent filming, production of child exploitation material and assault.
The media was prevented from naming the 51-year-old until Judge Paul Muscat today lifted the suppression order on his identity.
Outside the District Court, one of his victims said she was shocked when she found out the crimes Snodgrass had committed and now views him as a "monster".
"It was unbelievable ... it's just absolutely disgusting," she said.
"He deserves to go away for a long time. Whether that will happen or not is another question, but he deserves to lose his licence and never practice again in any health or medical industry."
The woman, who cannot be identified, said his actions had destroyed her sense of trust.
"As something as simple as going into a change room and trying on a new T-shirt, you find yourself looking around, is there something that shouldn't be in there," she said.
"Going to the doctor for a simple check up now causes a lot of anxiety."
She said she supported the court's decision allowing him to be named.
"His name needs to be out there so people know and he can't do it again."
Sentencing could take place in higher court
The court previously heard Snodgrass was a self-confessed sex addict and filmed female clients aged between 11 and 60 while they were undressing in change rooms.
On two occasions he filmed the vaginas of a young girl and a woman during massages.
The court heard when one of his patients discovered she was being filmed, he physically assaulted her while trying to retrieve his camera and SD card.
When the charges were formally read out in the District Court the prosecution flagged they might apply for Snodgrass to be sentenced in the Supreme Court.
The court heard the decision to sentence Snodgrass in the higher court will depend on the outcome of a psychiatric assessment and whether he is "capable or willing to control his sexual instincts".
The matter returns to court in July.
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