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Assuming the Ecosexual Position Book Celebration with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

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October 5, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens.

We invite you to a book launch celebration for Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth as Lover with Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle w/ special guest appearances from: 
Linda M. Montano—Performance artist, author
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Allison Lovejoy—Artist-Poet & Musician.
Jennie Klein—Beth & Annie’s collaborator on Assuming the Ecosexual Position, Art history professor at Ohio University.
K-HAW & Alias the Ass—Rural Alchemy Workshop artists
Courtney Desiree Morris—artist, professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.
Joy Brooke Fairfield—Theatre/Performance Director and Professor of Media Studies, Rhodes College.
Evelyna JaroszJustyna Górowska and a.r. brine shrimp—Artist-scholars from Poland and brine shrimp brides.
Dragonfly Diva—Storyteller, culture warrior, ecosexual.
Paul Corbit Brown—Director of Mountain Keepers Foundation, environmental activist.
Emma McNairy & Emily Casey—Opera singer & heavy metal rocker.
Butch—Beth & Annie’s dog.

October 5, 4-5:30 p.m. PDT
Online Event: Register here

In 2008, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens married the Earth, setting them on the path to explore the realms of ecosexuality. Assuming the Ecosexual Position describes how the two came together as lovers and collaborators, how they took a stand against homophobia and xenophobia, and how this union led to the miraculous conception of the Love Art Laboratory, their seven-year art and exhibition project with performance artists Linda M. Montano, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and feminist pornographer Madison Young. 

Throughout the pages of the book, Stephens and Sprinkle share the process of making interactive performance art, celebrating their vows to love, honor, and cherish the many elements of the Earth. The collaboration between Sprinkle, Stephens, their diverse communities, and the Earth opens gender and sexuality, and art and environmentalism to the infinite possibilities and promise of love.

As written in CNN, Stephens and Sprinkle’s “collaborative projects bring joy amid injustice and hardship… make saving the planet a bit sexier.” The book launch is planned as another joyful project in the struggle against climate change.

Assuming the Ecosexual Position is available for purchase here with a 40% discount through December 1, 2021, as part of the National Women’s Studies Association conference sale. Discount code: MN88300​

This event is collaboratively produced by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, Arts Research Institute, the Science & Justice Research Center, and E.A.R.T.H. Lab. 

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens have been life partners and collaborators on multimedia projects since 2002. They are authors of the Ecosex Manifesto and producers of the award-winning film Goodbye Gauley Mountain and Water Makes Us Wet. Sprinkle is a former sex worker with a PhD in human sexuality. Stephens holds a PhD in performance studies and is founding director of E.A.R.T.H. Lab at University of California at Santa Cruz. 

Watch the discussion here


October 5, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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