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The Biocentric Kama Sutra: Oral Sex According to Indian Flying Foxes

4 Apr

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News

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Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus)

Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus)

Outside of the village of Nallachampatti in southern India, a colony of Indian flying foxes roost in a fig tree, tasting of the delicate figs, lighting off over forests and swamps in the night to hunt mangoes, bananas and to sup on the nectar of flowers. They are sensual bats with a taste for the sweetness of life, which, as new research reveals, includes the flavors of sex, of vagina, especially in the morning.

In a study conducted over the course of a year, a team of scientists, wielding binoculars and a rather voyeuristic appetite, witnessed male bats perform oral sex on females over and over. The kinky Ph.D’s say these fruit eating bats do it to make the sex last longer, a hypothesis that seems to say Pteropus giganteus knows a little something about the artful ways of love.

“Apart from humans, bats also exhibit oral sex as a courtship behavior,” said Ganapathy Marimuthu, a bat researcher at Madurai Kamaraj University in India.

[Cue sultry mood music and Barry White voice-narration] Continue reading

EcoSexuals of the World Unite! Stop MTR!

25 Feb
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Filmmakers Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle.

by Russ McSpadden

The film Goodbye Gauley Mountain weaves together the topics of sex, class, hillbillyism, queerness, capitalism and nature into a epic tale that will make you proud to be called a dirty environmentalist. This is, without compare, the sexiest nature documentary and one of the most profound films to deal with the beauty and tragedy of the Appalachian Mountains in the age of King Coal. It’ll make you fighting mad, then you’ll laugh, then you’ll get turned on. Hopefully you’ll fall wildly in love and get out there and defend your Lover Earth with a lust befitting the world’s most ancient and biodiversely kinky mountains.

Over the last several months I’ve interviewed Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle about their film, art and activism. The full interview will appear in the next Earth First! Journal but you’ll find a sneak peak below as well.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is currently in post production but there are several pre-screenings in the works including one on March 30th in San Fran. You can check here for event details and future showings: http://goodbyegauleymountain.org/screenings/

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Hot Sea Slug Couple Boasts Two Disposable Penises, Two Vaginas

13 Feb

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! Journal and Newswire

Sea slugs are wild and amazingly skilled lovers. For starters they have both male and female sexual organs which they like to use at the same time.

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I’ll let Bernard Picton, curator of marine invertebrates at the National Museums in Northern Ireland explain how it works: [cue sultry music please]

“The genital apparatus is on the right hand side of the body. So two nudibranchs come together and one faces one way and one faces the other way, with the right hand side of their bodies touching.”

Don’t stop Mr. Picton, don’t stop.

“The penis from one fits into the female opening of the other one, and the penis from that one fits into the female opening of the first one, if you see what I mean.”

Oh, I think we see what you mean. These sea slugs are having a way better Valentines Day than just about any other species–and especially tame humans–aren’t they?

“They are both donating sperm to the other one.”

My goodness. But this isn’t all. According to a new report published in the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters, one particular species of sea slugs, Chromodoris reticulata, has shocked scientists with its ability to Continue reading

The Ancient Art of Midwifery Practiced by Chinese Snub Nosed Monkeys

12 Feb

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News

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Photo by Xi Xhinong

Photo by Xi Xhinong

The art of midwifery is ancient.  The lineage of women healers aiding childbearing mothers during pregnancy can be dated textually as far back as the Middle Kingdom period in ancient Egypt (and similarly in the Middle East and Greece). Archeological and anthropological evidence suggests it may very well date to the origins of our species.  It continues as a well respected profession practiced internationally today.

Its also not an exclusively human tradition. Recently, a team of zoologist observed the art of midwifery practiced by Chinese black snub nosed monkeys.

Its the first time biologists have actually ever seen these high-altitude monkeys labor and birth, because they usually do so in forest canopy at night and in under 15 minutes.

So imagine the surprise when Wen Xiao of Dali University in Yunnan and his colleagues stumbled upon a black snub nosed monkey mother in a rare day time birth aided but what appears to be a monkey midwife. Continue reading

Naked Sir Ben Kingsley Wants YOU To Put an End to Irresponsible Fisheries Management

8 Feb

by Russ McSpadden

Marine wildlife, which are under threat of total annihilation from a series of anthropogenic impacts–from ocean acidification to industrial fisheries–can rest a little easier. Thanks to the UK based organization Fishlove, blue fin tuna, North sea cod and other sea critters now have a naked Sir Ben Kinglsey–um, holding a dead octopus–on their side and he looks mean as hell.

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Fishlove is a media campaign created by a sushi restaurant owner, which is sort of weird, but why not. I’m not sure how effective the ongoing photographic campaign to highlight the crisis of over-fishing will be, but rest assured, Sir Kingsly, who played Gandhi for crying out loud, and even won an oscar, looks pretty damned intent on stopping this shit…like, I think he is going to kick some ass. You should kick some ass too! That’s how we are gonna save those ocean critters.