Make a living by Making a Difference!
“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I’m thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.” ― Erica Jong
When we look at sexuality today, we see that the famous Sexual Revolution that began in the sixties has now stalled. After more than 50 years of feminism, women live in a world that is still overwhelmingly run by men.
An EcoSex Entrepreneur is someone who works with sexuality in a way that improves the lives of people or the planet. Sexuality is one of the remaining areas where you can apply social entrepreneur principles to create products or services to benefit the planet and society.
There are many imaginative and fun ways to work with sexuality. Sex is about pleasure! It is also about healing. Sexuality is already used in business. Often in ways that are negative.
Aside from creating employment and pleasure, we will be discussing ways to create a product or service that uses sexuality to address a real problem.
From sex and violence to sex and religion to sex and the media, sexuality touches almost all facets of human behavior.
Living in a sexy but not sexual world is rather like having a diet of junk food. Superficially it is fulfilling but it is not healthy on a deeper level. Lack of sexual satisfaction in people’s lives leads to ‘sexual substitution’. People engage in behavior such as compulsive shopping or even violence in order to fill the gap that is created from an unsatisfying love life.
EcoSex Entrepreneur Ideas
“In order to be able to think you have to risk being offensive.”
Jordan B. Peterson – An Anecdote to Life
Nearly everything that humans do has a sexual component. It is our life force and underlies many of our motivations. Sex is connected to so many forms of human behavior. However, it is often in a way that is dysfunctional; with societal or environmental costs.
When we try to banish sexual pleasure, as many religions and cultures try to do, people will often find harmful ‘substitutes’. Violence is often substituted for sex and so is consumerism!
Sex like food, water and shelter is a basic need. Just as a starving person will behave differently when people have a lack of fulfilling love and sex in their life they will engage in other types of behavior to compensate.
Sex to Save the World is a look at many of the problems facing society today from the perspective of sexual dysfunction. We observe the connection of sex to both a problem and possible solutions. However, unlike most academic, theoretical or therapy based approaches to looking at sex, we try to take a more practical approach.
One way is our World Sex & Society Discussion Groups to encourage communication about the various aspects of sex and society. The other is by thinking of EcoSex Entrepreneur ‘solutions’!
- The way it is – Identify the Problem: We identify an area of sexual dysfunction. For example, in Sex and Politics, we might look at the sex scandals that plague male politicians and we try to identify the underlying causes and dysfunctions this causes.
- The way it could be – EcoSex Entrepreneur Solution! We suggest business ideas and commercial solutions that attempt to address the issue based on our research.
Many of the articles have ideas that could form the basis of a new ethical erotic enterprise which members can start on their own without having to pay any royalty or licensing for using one of our EcoSex Entrepreneur solutions!
Principles for being an EcoSex Entrepreneur!
1) Female Sexual Empowerment
One of the great mistakes of the traditional feminist movement was to equate female sexuality and male desire with the ‘objectification’ and subjugation of women. While there is no doubt this happens, viewing female sexuality as a weapon in the war of the genders caused many men and women to shy away from feminism.
Sex positive feminism emphasizes women as victors and not victims! In the ‘Slutwalks’ that happen across the world, the marchers tend to be young women. Their grandmother and mothers of traditional feminism often look on with disdain.
2) Female Physical Empowerment
Women who can defend themselves, tend to enjoy sex more! Unless she has submissive fantasies, when a woman feels weak and vulnerable she tends not to feel very sexual. Ironically, Hollywood is one of the few places where strong, powerful and sexy women are celebrated. Personal power, self-defense, and all around ass-kicking are usually perceived as strong male traits.
Hollywood which is often accused of chauvinism, has cultivated a culture of female ‘warriors’ that gives support to models of strong women. Sexually and physically, for the first time in centuries, women are celebrated for achieving success by their own marksmanship and violent prowess! Movies like Wonder Woman and Hunger Games with strong female characters who are capable of defending themselves and yet retaining their ‘femininity’. Judging by the attendance at the movies, both men, and women like these new ‘Warrior Women’ role models!
3) Female Sexual Equality benefits Men!
The way that traditional feminism approached sexuality was to make it a ‘zero-sum game’; the emancipation of women would come at the expense of men. In actuality when women are truly equal, men enjoy some major benefits. The sexuality of a ‘liberated’ woman compared to a woman from a strongly patriarchal culture is very apparent. Plus men get to be true fathers rather than just ‘breadwinners’. Custody should be shared in divorce as the experience in Denmark shows which leads to more logical blended families.
4) A celebration of Gender Fluidity & Sexual Orientation
Younger feminists talk about sexual orientation, queer rights, bisexuality, and gender fluidity as part of feminism much to the exasperation of older feminists. However, younger women are completely right to go beyond the duality of two opposing genders. Feminism based on gender fluidity is ultimately more subversive. For example, when men feel less pressure to be ‘men’ with all that entails they can explore their ‘feminine’ side. Whether to become ‘transgender’ and completely change over or simply to wear feminine clothes and still be a straight guy it allows men and women to ‘blur’ the lines between genders. This is to the benefit of both as most people do not always feel purely as their gender. Men don’t always want to feel like men and so too with women. The new feminism allows people to cross the gender lines.
5) Sexually Incorrect Discussions
Many women have rape fantasies without wanting to actually be raped. Many women enjoy porn even though it is currently male-centric. The simple act of heterosexual sex is primal. It involves a woman opening up herself to be penetrated by a man. She is the receiver he is the thruster! The entire BDSM movement would be outlawed if sex were politically correct! Another non-PC idea is for a man to be ‘penetrated’ by a woman. Whether it’s by her finger or a strap-on dildo, when a man knows what it means to be vulnerable and on the ‘receiving end’, it does more for his understanding of women than any amount of politically correct ‘re-education’ can ever do!
6) An Economic & Philosophical Foundation for Polyamorous Households
With the increasing growth of the ‘ethical monogamy’ movement, people are wanting to live together in poly households. The problem is often economics and the simple effort it takes to survive and pay the bills in today’s society is extremely taxing on any relationship and even more for polypods. EcoSexual Entrepreneurship as a way for a poly group to fund themselves through an ethically sensual business. Because poly people already put their sexuality at the forefront of their lives, it makes sense to work with sex in a way that improves society and is in alignment with the values of the pod. Ethical non-monogamists have to communicate and create clear agreements about their relationship responsibilities and boundaries especially when it comes to children and shared assets. Any ethical business has to do the same!
7) A New Ethical Model for Sex Work!
Prostitution, Pornography, Exotic Dancing are some of the main ways that sex is commercialized. While there are sexually empowered women and men working in these industries, the fact is there is a seedy aspect to all of them in their current form. That need not be so!
8) Creating products or services by solving real sexual problems
This is the most difficult part as it involves research into sexuality, politics, and sociology. This is what we have tried to do on this website. Research into the dysfunctional aspects of sex in the modern world and then suggest sustainable sensual enterprise solutions!
9) To derive income from sexuality that enhances pleasure or removes pain.
From working with sexuality in a way that brings deeper happiness as opposed to shallow satisfaction.
10) To work with sexuality using the best business practices
Even if a sex business is controversial or skirting the edge of the law, an EcoSexual Entrepreneur should always try to obey all other aspects of the law particularly when it comes to health and safety.
11) Become part of the political process
This is especially true if your sensual enterprise is on the edge of or actually breaking the law of the country in which you live. Though this may be more difficult in authoritarian countries, try to work through the political process and make that part of your business plan to make your sensual enterprise truly legal. In this way, working to change the law becomes a taxable expense!
12) Treat workers well and fairly
By giving benefits, reasonable working conditions and health care if possible. Or in the case of volunteers, using a fair trade system for work contributed.
13) Proudly Pay Taxes!
Insofar as is legally possible, pay applicable taxes and demand your rights and recognition as a taxpayer.
14) Adopt Green Business Practices
Use environmentally friendly policies and supplies at all levels which you do your business. And try to persuade your suppliers and contractors to do the same.
15) Adopt a Cause
If your sex business is not directly helping people then devote part of your profits to a cause that does. For example, “10% of the profits go to Rape Crisis Shelters”.
15) Ethical Public Relations
By adopting good business practices, eco-policies, treating workers well and so on you are actually creating news! One of the most important aspects of doing the right thing is that it is one of the best forms of advertising around! Especially in this world of social media!
16) Create a Mission Statement!
Clearly define how your business will address social issues, gender inequality and make money!