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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

I Start with My Clit & Then Choose What Orgasm I Want to Have
(21.Oct. 23:24)

Hi Betty:

I wanted to share with you my experiences with orgasms. Since I have been having them I know they are not all the same, from intensity to duration. I started masturbating very young so I know how to manipulate my orgasms around.

I recently was talking to a friend and issues with the G spot and blah blah blah. I was trying to explain to her that I can start stimulation on my clit (during masturbation or intercourse) doesnt matter which one and then I reach a point where I can choose what type of orgasm I want to have.

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First Sex was Sideways
(21.Oct. 23:15)

This is an image of the Antiarch - a 380 million year old lake fish that was the first creature to have "sex". 

A researcher was looking through some Antiarch fossils and noticed a distinct L-shaped bone (penis).  Then he found want looked like a cheese grater set of bones (vulva) and realized that the Antiarch had evolved to have penetrative sex and internal copulation.  And they had sex side-by-side locking together their genitals; the first sex was side-ways.  Their little side appendages evolved to help the male insert his penis while floating in water.

Researcher John Long:

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My Partner Doesn't Like that I Masturbate Before Sex
(20.Oct. 22:45)

Hey Betty.

I'm a 21 year old female and have been with my 25 year old fiancé for 4 and a half years. now, my question.

Before we have sex, I like to go off into the bedroom on my own and make myself come through masturbation first because then everything down below seems to swell with blood making me more than ready for sex, it makes sex feel soooo much better, but my partner doesn't like it when I masturbate first because he feels like I'm not sexually attracted to him anymore.

We've tried foreplay, but to put it quite simply, he's crap with it. I've tried getting him to do oral to me, fingering me and even using my toy on me and no matter how well I direct him, he can never seem to get it right so I end up taking over anyway. I could really do with some advice here.

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Haunting Images of Lillian Bassman
(20.Oct. 00:11)

i just stumbled upon her work and I'm in love.

Her images are haunting.

Xmas Tree or Butt Plug?
(18.Oct. 23:47)

Artist Paul McCarthy created this xmas tree sculpture to adorn the Place Vendome in Paris.  Unfortunately, Parisians can't help but feel embarrassed by it's resemblance to a butt plug.

It does kind of look like my favorite sex life accessory.  I ask you: xmas tree or butt plug?

The Clitoris is the Primary Organ for Orgasm/Pleasure
(18.Oct. 01:48)

A woman's erection needs 20-30 minutes of adequate clitoral stimulation to orgasm.

Why Do I Get a Feeling in My Clitoris When I See Him?
(17.Oct. 22:48)

Dear Dr. Betty,

There is this bloke I see when I go to my local pub with my husband. I am on speaking terms with him and I like to speak to him on my own. He says he likes my company.

Why do I get a feeling in my clitoris when I see him?

Dear C,

You get a feeling in your clitoris when you see him because he sexually turns you on. That's great whenever it happens. Now what are you going to do about it? Sneak off to the Pub alone or simply tell your husband you enjoy talking to this bloke? Leave out the part about your tingling clitoris.

That's no one's business but your own. Keep your own counsel and enjoy those times of flirting and when you get back home, fuck your husbands brains out while fantasizing sex with your Pub bloke. No harm done.

Dr. Betty

I Remember the First Time I Experienced the Ying/Yang Dynamic Between a Dom/Sub
(17.Oct. 22:45)

HIM: Great to hear from you Sir, and I would love to explore less typical ways of experiencing the Dom/sub dynamic. Since it's mostly all in my head, the more subtle the expression, the more exciting…

US: what we do stems totally from two things - the first? our realization we are guys who simply are and always have been in charge - this understanding got refined like hot steel hitting water when we jumped into each other arms and were fucking within 2-3 minutes of seeing one another. wild unchanneled frenzied fucking, sucking - the whole works. each of us fucking the other. so much for roles.

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You Can Allow Your Body to Replace the Scary Memories with Positive Ones
(16.Oct. 22:56)

LAST Friday’s pod cast that applauded Carlin’s little one masturbating in utero, was surely cause for celebration. It proved, once again, that touch, even before birth, is a natural and comforting behavior.

Of course, we don’t really know that he is masturbating, but for sure he’s touching himself. And we don’t know what he’s feeling; we hope its pleasure.

Betty and Carlin’s main point was that the body has memory. All research in the last 20 years proves supportive of this. Brain Scans and Pet Scans all show how the brain lights up when memories are stimulated and when parts of the body are touched.

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A Woman's Erection Needs 20-30 Minutes of Adequate Clitoral Stimulation
(16.Oct. 22:45)

I fully understand that teaching is repetition. So again I repeat: the clitoral body is the primary source of orgasm whether it's stimulated externally, internally, or both at the same time. I prefer both. Once a woman understands she can have both clitoral stimulation with vaginal penetration, it ends this discussion.

There is no distinction between "vaginal" or "clitoral" or "G spot" orgasms since all orgasms are centered in the clitoris. It doesn't matter if it's direct clitoral contact or indirect G spot stimulation. Or even the more illusive deep vaginal thrusting that stimulates the base of the spine, now called the "deep spot." That orgasm requires an 8 inch penis or a quality silicone dildo. All you guys with average 5 to 6 inch penises erect are SOL on that one.

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