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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

Did Giving Up Alcohol Give You More Sexual Prowess?
(01.Aug. 00:05)

Dear Dr. Betty,

In your book, My Romantic Love Wars, you mention that you gave up drinking alcohol. Did you find that giving up that drug gave you more sexual prowess?

Do you still abstain?

Dear B,

I didn't drink alcohol for some twenty years. Alcohol is a depressant and a terrible drug for sex. But I did discover pot at age 40 and I must say I'd get stoned every day if my lungs could handle it. So I rarely light up these days.

Around the age of 60, I decided to add wine with meals to my list of pleasures. Today in my 80's I'm mainlining my computer which turns out to be the heaviest drug of them all.

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We Were Far More Explorers Than Players
(31.Jul. 23:57)

He arrived impeccably dressed, with perfect proportions. Well educated, with a calm yet powerful demeanor. And it turns out, more skilled at all aspects of making love than any one we’ve met in a long time.

Before smoking a joint we could hardly take our hands off each other. Kissing, working nips, tracing cocks on groin cloth gradually exposing more and more skin.

The joint put two of us into high gear. My husband is naturally high. Unbuttoning our way to pleasuring each other more directly we hopped as we shed shoes, pants, socks, underwear. Slowly we began to sound out each other’s pleasure points.

Ironically with so much more territory to explore we all slowed down to smell the roses - and to dive deep.

And dive deep we did.

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I'm 55 & Preorgasmic
(30.Jul. 23:43)


I'm a pre-orgasmic woman of 55 yrs old. I am intelligent attractive,warm, kind and social person, competent in many areas of my life. People wouldn't guess this lack, except surprised, dissatisfied lovers. I dont know what has prevented me ever having orgasms but i so want to make it happen. It feels a sadness and a loss to not be able to experience orgasms and can at times affect my view of my self as can make for feelings of inadequacy and can inhibit making/maintaining relationships certainly . I really want to sort this problem and experience enjoyment and fulfillment from my own body and in intimate relationships, to do with climax and orgasm.

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Anatomically Correct Doll = Outrage
(30.Jul. 23:40)

This picture and comment were posted on Facebook by an angry mom who didn't appreciate the anatomically correct doll she purchased for her daughter at Toys R Us.

I would have been overjoyed to see a realistic representation of genitals - and it looks like he's uncircumcised.  I would just wait for her questions and answer them honestly.  What a wonderful opportunity for any parent. 

What Do You Think About Implanon as My Birth Control Method?
(30.Jul. 00:27)

Hi Betty,

I am a 23 year old women wanting to get birth control for the first time ever. I think I know quite a lot about birth control when it comes to the theoretically part, but obviously I'm not very experienced ;)

"The great and wonderful" pill is certainly no option for me. I do not want to bloat my body with hormones and shock my liver...

I am also not interested in the Diaphragm because of the low percentage of success's not as spontaneous as me, so I was thinking about an implant- The Implanon. Yet, I'm still wondering about the side effects that it has... Are they the same as the ones of the pill?

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Eva Green's Breast Curve Censored
(30.Jul. 00:22)

This is the movie poster that was censored by the Motion Picture Association and ABC because it showed "breast curve". 

The ads were pulled and replaced with a more opaque, softened breast line. With the proliferation of online pornography and round-the-clock advertised cleavage, why are breasts still so shocking? 

Never Met Her But Planning to Marry & Live as Best Friends
(29.Jul. 01:03)

Hello Betty!

I have been a follower of you for maybe six years now and thought this subject might be something to discuss. So I met a woman online a few months ago who I have a very deep connection with. We're like a couple but without the sexual part. We talk about sex a lot, we can talk about anything with each other. But we don't want to have sex with each other. I'm bisexual and she's heterosexual.

Also she's ten years older than me. I've never had this feeling with anyone before. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. We're making plans for living together and having kids together. (I never wanted to have kids with a man but I really want them with her. We are really sex positive and would love raising children together combining our womanly strengths.)

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Cosmo Covers Lesbian Sex Positions
(29.Jul. 00:58)

I'm pretty impressed that the latest edition of Cosmo forsook their usual how-to-give-a-blow-job sex advice for girl-on-girl sex positions.

Yes, Cosmo covered how to rub your clit against another clit to orgasm.  I guess it is a sign that we're crawling out of the hetero-normative box although they didn't scrimp on the usual Cosmo kitch.

Here is the "list" of girl-on-girl sex positions (according to Cosmo):

Good cop, naughty cop: This position is essentially the same as 'doggy style', but involving either the use of a strap-on sex toy, or manual stimulation while the lower partner has their hands handcuffed behind their back.

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The Female Model of Sexual Response
(26.Jul. 06:01)
See video

It varies from woman to woman.

It's Like Every Sexual Experience is Centered on the Male Model of Sexual Response
(25.Jul. 23:33)

Dear B + C,

I really needed to send this email, as Betty's voice has been haunting my sexual experiences the last couple weeks :)

Betty, I have taken your advice to heart, and have been seeking out more intention sexual experiences and partners, and I have been learning a lot- about others and more importantly, myself....

But what keeps coming up for me in almost EVERY experience, even with woman... is the idea of this whole approach being centered around the Male Sexual Response model!!!! I see it so clearly now.

Understanding this is probably a large answer, I still must answer the question...

How do we educate people otherwise?

How can I come to more deeply understand the Female Sexual Response so that I can share it?


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