Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross
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
- Am I Old Enough for a Sex Toy? (30.Oct. 23:14)
I am a sixteen year old that is frequently horny all the time, about to turn seventeen on the 10th of November.I feel like my hands aren't really doing the job when I masturbate. I do not know what to do.You are a inspiration for me, I have seen all your videos, the one's I love especially are the two when you discuss the hymen, and the other one that shows middle age woman looking at their vagina's and discovering the beautiful gift below...Yah! I am also a Pansexual.I feel that my sex drive is very high and that I am going bonkers to achieve the pleasure of my dreams.We Suggest:
- The Letter of Apology from the Salem Witch Trial Jury (30.Oct. 23:11)
I've often wondered about the aftermath of the Salem witch trials. Whether they were all tripping out off fungused grain or swept up in sexual repression, there had to be a moment when they second guessed murdering all these young women on superstitious bs. Puritans were always rapt with guilt and shame so how could they not have a pang of regret?
Below is a letter of apology from the jury who ruled in the Salem witch trials...it's chilling:
The Jury's ApologyWe Suggest:
- I Think I Masturbate Too Much & Won't be Able to Satisfy My Wife (30.Oct. 00:09)
Hi Dr. Betty,
My name is R and I am 19 years oldWe Suggest:
- An Exhibition of Older Women in Oils (30.Oct. 00:04)
Aleah Chapin is a young artist who paints the female nude - older female nudes. Her exhibition "The Aunties Project" at the Flowers Gallery in London has everyone a buzz about body image, aging, and beauty.
In her own words,
“So I decided to go back to basics and explore my history and the people I grew up with - all these wacky and amazing women. The female body is an incredible thing to paint.
Most women have issues and I’m not immune to that. We’re told that our bodies are supposed to be a certain height, certain size, certain weight. But the pictures we see are completely unrealistic; they’re very Photoshopped.We Suggest:
- Sex with My Partner is Boring & Stressful (29.Oct. 00:54)
Dear Dr. Betty,
I've been with my partner for twenty-three years. He's never gotten me to orgasm. I love him very much, but after two kids, mutual fatigue and resentment over his passive role in birth control, I find sex with him boring and stressful. I've become detached and avoid physical contact. I don't even like kissing him. I used to like kissing. Now I find masturbation preferable over intimacy with my partner. He has issues with ED and its often difficult for him to reach climax.We Suggest:
- These Nine Women are Going to Change the World (29.Oct. 00:48)
This past weekend we had our first bodysex certification workshop. Nine women will hold their own bodysex workshops using the "Betty Dodson method" to help women overcome negative body image and pleasure anxiety. They hail from Israel, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, San Francisco, Colorado, and Texas. Two women are in their 20's, two are in their 30's, three are in their 40's, one is in her 50's, and one is in her 60's. And the majority of the women are mothers (and me as a mom-to-be).We Suggest:
- Sex is the Unifying Factor..the Humanizing Factor That Transcends Cultural Beliefs (25.Oct. 23:41)
I’m just back from teaching in Israel and I realized something profound about people on this trip that I want to share.
Humans are tribal by nature. We enjoy small groups of like minded people. We are often very concerned with “the other,” often casting “other” as the villain in our religious or cultural narrative.
But then there is sex. Sex is the unifying factor, the humanizing factor, the x factor that transcends cultural beliefs.
And so, teaching in Israel, it was profound to be sharing some radical concepts and experiences with other humans - who are desiring to move beyond the cultural and religious programming heaped upon us by our background. Ideas like taking back our sexual sovereignty and the self-authority of our bodies and our pleasure.We Suggest:
- How Can We Deny Women Equal Orgasms? (25.Oct. 07:36)
...or equal pay for equal work...or equality across the board? What is domination really about??]
- Have You Ever Heard of a Foreign Language Fetish? (24.Oct. 22:49)
My question is about so called paraphilias. They say that if something exists, there must be a sexual fetish present around it somewhere, but have you ever heard of foreign language fetish?
Apart from my own experience, I have only seen it portrayed in the 'Fish called Wanda' by Jamie Lee Curtis...We Suggest:
- Keira Knightley: My Prom Date was a Girl (24.Oct. 22:40)
I've often wondered why we were tortured as young girls, waiting for some boy to invite us to prom. Why couldn't we just ask them? No, we had to sit tight and hope for the best.
And why didn't we just go with our girlfriends like Keira Knightley. During a recent interview, the actress shared her prom story:
"Neither of us got invited by anybody else. No guys came anywhere near us. But she had black tie because it was black tie."
And Knightley has kept in touch with her date.
"She actually texted me at lunch," she said. "She is over from New York visiting her mum in England and wondered if I was there to have dinner with her."
Probably had a much better time with her girlfriend than she ever would have with a boy date.We Suggest: