Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross

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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

My Boyfriend Can't be Dominant in the Bedroom
(16.Sep. 22:15)

Hello Betty,

I have been following your site for many years now. I have a question for you.

I have been dating a guy for a little over six months. He and I have regular (and regularly good) sex. The only 'not so great' part about it is his unwillingness to initiate anything or take any form of a dominant position (literally or figuratively). Part of me appreciates the complete swap in gender roles, but there is the other part of me that would welcome a more equal approach to sex.

I am open to just about anything and I find that my always being on top, dominate, etc limits our sex greatly and doesn't include my enjoyment of highly dominate men (some of the time).

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Interracial Kissing Still Pushes Buttons
(16.Sep. 22:07)

What happens when a black actress kisses her white husband in public?   The LAPD calls prostitution and slaps cuffs on her.  That's what happened to Daniele Watts.  Here's the account in her own words:

"Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.

When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away.

A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.

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I Enjoy Bi-Fun But Feel Guilty Afterwards
(15.Sep. 23:07)

Hi Betty:

I have really been enjoying your website and all the great information it contains. I am a fit 57 year old married male, been married for 28 years to a great gal. We have enjoyed the lifestyle on and off for most of that time. She is 57 as well (fit and still very sexy) but with the her busy life and adult children at home our sex life has taken a slide to maybe once a month at best and she is not all that intersted in the lifestyle much any more.

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A Body Pride Weekend
(15.Sep. 23:01)

I love the pics on Caitlin Robert's instagram account. She took a workshop and has been running "Body Pride" events in Canada (she blogs for us from time to time too).

So much beauty...diversity...sisterhood. It's what it's all about.

Chronic Interstitial Cystitis & Vulvodynia Make Me Feel Broken
(13.Sep. 23:56)

I am unsure if this is the right email to ask you a question since there are several on your website. I wish if possible that you don't post my question on your website.

I am 24 and at the age of 20 I was diagnosed with chronic interstitial cystitis and vulvodynia. I have seen at least 10 specialists from urology, gyno, pelvic floor physio, etc. I feel that down there doesn't belong to me after being examined over and over again on a weekly basis.

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(13.Sep. 07:25)
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Breasts can be erotic or simply beautiful but they are meant to feed an infant.

100 Women Bare Their Breasts
(12.Sep. 22:56)

Bare Reality is a kickstarter project aimed at creating a dialogue about how women feel about their real breasts the culture sexualizes this body part while censoring female nipples and public breastfeeding.

100 women bore their breasts - no airbrushing or photoshopping - and shared their stories of sexuality, motherhood, and crisis.  If their campaign is funded they'll release a beautiful coffee table book with these images and first person accounts.  

I love how each women is different and no set of breasts is symmetrical.  

I Would Never Have Reached This Point of Body Confidence & Sex Positivity Had it Not Been for You
(12.Sep. 22:43)

I love fanmail like this:

Dear Betty and Carlin,

I'm writing to tell you girls how much your work has changed my life. I am 19 years old, a woman, and a student. Today for the first time, I put in my diaphragm as preparation for a potential hook up. (By the way, when I got fitted for it not only was I compared to women from the 70s, I was the first to ask for one in over a year -- and at a university women's clinic! We need to get the word out on this godsend.) I did my makeup, picked a nice dress, put that spermicide in and popped that baby right up in there.

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Just Satan with a Hard-On
(11.Sep. 22:02)

This is just brilliant.  Some rogue art group installed this Satan-with-a-hard-on statue in Vancouver on a busy highway. 

It replaced a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus (who pretty much was Satan with a hard-on) that was removed about a year ago.  The city council disclaimed commissioning the piece and it's already been taken down.


About The Trip or About The Orgasm?
(11.Sep. 21:56)

One debate that you hear if you're listening to different sex teaching professionals is whether you should be goal-oriented with your orgasms to have bigger and better ones, or not care about whether you have one and just enjoy the ride whether you have an orgasm or not. You get people who are divided in their opinions and stay that way. My position is they both are important.

Let's take the first one. Goal-orientation toward having orgasms and then having more of them in the same sex session, having bigger orgasms, different kinds of orgasms, and combining orgasms to name a few of the directions you can go with making your sex life a more sophisticated and exciting one. The reasons why goal-orientation is good and needed is:

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