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Betty Dodson, artist, author, and PhD sexologist has been one of the principal voices for women's sexual pleasure and health for over three decades.

Background on Betty Dodson

Dodson had the first one-woman show of erotic art in ’68 in nyc followed by three others. She produced and presented the first feminist slide show of vulvas at the 1973 NOW Sexuality Conference in New York where she introduced the electric vibrator as a pleasure device. For 23 years, she ran Bodysex groups where women learned about their bodies and orgasms through the practice of self-stimulation.

Her first book, Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove (’74) became a feminist classic. Sex for One (’87) sold over a million copies.Orgasms for Two (’02) embraces partner sex. She has authored numerous articles on the subject of women’s sexual pleasure and orgasm.Wrote/produced/directed 5 erotic sex educational videos on her ground breaking hands-on teaching. In 1994, she earned a PhD in clinical sexology. Dodson has presented at conferences for sexual scientists, therapists, and psychologists.

She has been interviewed on prime time cable television shows from the ‘70s to present including The History Channel; The O’Reilly Factor; The View; BET; HBO; Donahue; Sally Jesse Raphael; Geraldo; Joan Rivers; etc. She has been featured in national publications such as O Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy; Playgirl, Penthouse, Ms. Magazine, Bust, Time Out NY, LA and Chicago.


Excerpts from Betty's Books




Latest Articles

He Told Me His Brother Tried to Give Him a Hand Job & It Bothers Me
(27.Nov. 00:48)

Hello Betty,

I'm 19 years old and I have a boyfriend of 1 and 1/2 years. I think of myself as open minded but something my boyfriend told me awhile back has really been bothering me. I'll listen and accept pretty much anything my boyfriend tells me no matter how weird it is. Except when he told me that his brother had tried to give him a handjob as a "I bet I can make you cum" bet when he was younger and his brother still lived in the house w/ him (His brother is 26 now moved out and has his own career)

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This is Not Porn
(27.Nov. 00:42)

I love this Nina Covington redefines the black bar/nipple censorshop bs.

Straight Men Want In the "Gay Wing"
(26.Nov. 00:09)

I love this clip of the gay wing at LA Men's Central Jail. I had no idea that they were had "gay" wings in the prison system.

The outfits...the family atmosphere...the creativity...their culture is so much safer that straight men pretend to be gay so prison officials have to conduct elaborate interviews to weed out the posers.

Straight men pretending to be gay - now we've seen it all:

I'd Just Begun to Feel Sexually Confident & Now Herpes
(25.Nov. 00:15)

Hi Betty

I have recently ended a relationship with a man 36 years older than me. We were together for a short time in the world of relationships probably around 4-5 months. For the first time with him I was able to have a clitoral orgasm through intercourse, it only happened twice but it was amazing to know that it can happen.

I felt really safe with him, being around him soothed me in a way I haven't experienced before. It wasn't an ideal relationship in any way. He is an alcoholic and a chain smoker and has a very bleak view of the world. I ended it because I couldn't have a future with him.

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We are All Subs, Bottoms, Recipients When It Comes to Pleasure
(25.Nov. 00:06)

The contrast between our making love after doing it so far 6-7000 times over 15 years and a new boyfriend’s making love with us the first, second or even third times - is utterly startling.

It's like he's playing tinkle, tinkle little star... and we're a jazz group who've been improvising for years, hitting ever higher notes, generating complexities in our music. So why the boy toy?

Because we began moving to this level after we decided to have inexperienced young men like him in our lives - playing with us 2 + 1.  Anything we know now and practice in our own couplesex came from experiencing the inexperienced, learning by teaching, by being asked the question we'd never asked before.

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A Hint of Nipple
(24.Nov. 00:39)

I've always been a Jane Birkin fan because she marched to the beat of her own drum and inspired the world around her. 

And I love this picture - the expression on her face and the hint of nipple.  Photo by Pierre Fizet 1974.

Some Months My Vagina Feels Smaller & Swollen
(24.Nov. 00:26)

Dear Betty,

I have a problem that might not appear as a problem to many other women.

I have a great sex life with a lot of orgasms. I'm masturbating since I can remember and, after first struggles with some pretty stupid guys who were jerks only looking after their poor satisfaction, I found someone I can really be myself with. He's really amazing trying to get me satisfied and it's really easy for me to let go and getting stunning orgasms in a lot of different ways. We're experimenting a lot from romantic sex to bdsm and switching roles (it's an amazing feeling to turn a guy into your "bitch" and penetrate him with a strap on). So you see my muscles are trained very well.

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She Says It Tickles When I Stimulate Her Body
(22.Nov. 08:38)

It's probably an orgasm...she needs to meet the feeling and masturbate regularly.

Naked From Below
(22.Nov. 00:00)

Jenny Saville is known for painting large female nudes. For her latest series Closed Contact she did this self-portrait. Fashion photographer Glen Luchford took shots of Saville from below lying naked against a sheet of perspex. I love the effect.

Jenny shared that she put on weight for the project. Whenever I go naked on camera, I eat whatever I want and don't work out for 2 weeks. Flesh looks better on film and I want to show dimples and cellulite. There's something so much more vulnerable and real about a woman who hasn't spent a month starving herself on a treadmill 24/7 to represent an ideal that she seldom practices in her normal life.

It's quite liberating.

Girlfriend's Vagina Gets Ticklish During Sex
(21.Nov. 23:53)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I was a virgin before I met my current gf so I'm inexperienced when it comes to sex. We've been together close to 2 years now and regularly have sex. In the beginning I noticed she would start giggling and tell me to stop penetrating her because it gave off a tickling sensation.

The first time I experienced this it was a bit awkward because she was laughing and I didn't know what was going on. She told me that it got sensitive and became ticklish. I looked it up and read something along the lines of "can't reach orgasm because I become ticklish" but after further reading I read that the tickling sensation is similar to a male after he's orgasms where he needs to stop because its sensitive and ticklish.

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