Friday, January 20, 2006

Eco-porn

No, the title is not an attempt to drive traffic to my blog. I first ran across the term in a lively discussion in the comments of Blue Ridge Blog but subsequently have found a number of very different definitions for the term. In the context of Marie's blog, the discussion is around the color-enhanced, airbrushed, Photoshopped-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life shots one finds in calendars and glossy magazines (the idea being that it is not unlike Playboy-model unreal depictions of women). I don't particularly resonate with those shots (I like real life, including real women) but I don't find them dangerous like some people tend to.

What I found interesting was googling the term and finding some very different definitions for ecoporn or eco-porn. One is found in the Urban Dictionary:
A corporate advertisement that extols the company's environmental record or policies - usually by a company known to rape and pillage the environment as often as possible.

The example given is of oil company ads that extol their virtuous contribution to the environment, but I think more about those watercolor Weyerhauser ads that they've run around here for years. There also seems to be a literary form of "feminist ecoporn" that I never really found examples of but I think we can imagine what they might consist of.

My favorite definition and example though was one that is the most literal - it really is filming human sex (in the case I'm about to mention, lovemaking is quite likely the most accurate term) in eco-settings with the money raised by people paying to see it going to environmental causes. The main proponent of this seems to the folks at FuckforForest.com (oh, so incredibly NSFW) who film themselves doing the good thing in natural settings, charge people $15 for a month's access and donate everything over server/admin charges to environmental groups. Unfortunately, they've apparently had their money returned by the WWF so they've started working with smaller groups and started some projects on their own. You know what? Might not be my cupotea, but more power to 'em.

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