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

13 Years Old with 70mph Pitch & Sports Illustrated Cover
(21.Aug. 00:31)

Mo'Ne Davis is the first Little League baseball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. She's 13 years old - has a 70mph pitch - and is taking the sports world by storm.

I guess girls can play sports on "boy" teams and kill it. Looking forward to watching her career.

Why is It So Hard For Me to Orgasm?
(20.Aug. 09:07)

Dear Betty,

Orgasms are something I just cannot seem to figure out. I have been reading up on them for quite some time and I have been masturbating to try to bring myself to that climax. I have read numerous times that I am in charge of my orgasms. I have no idea how to do this. When I masturbate it feels good but I have never felt a build of energy or tingling or pulsing or any other encounter that I have heard about/ read.

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Bodysex Gets a Plug on TYT
(20.Aug. 09:02)

Jenny Block's Huffington Post article on her experience at our June workshop is the best coverage we've ever received - positive, sensual, and real.

The Young Turks network picked up on Jenny's article (something about group masturbation that's just sticky - no pun intended) and the video is pretty brilliant. They even referenced me as Betty's "stunt cunt".

After watching this clip, I want to meet us and take a workshop too:

I Noticed a Dark Liquid When I Performed Cunnilingus
(19.Aug. 00:29)

Hello Dr Betty

I want to ask a question as the very thought of what happened frightens me. 2 days ago I met up with a woman who is 34yrs old and 12 years my senior (I was her first non Indian sex partner) and she said she liked me, she has not had much of a sex life, I haven't had sex in a while too so her advances where quite welcome.

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Under My Umbrella
(19.Aug. 00:22)


Photographer: Ellen Auerbach


How Can a John Become a Sex Worker Advocate?
(15.Aug. 23:18)

Hello Betty,

My name is A and I was recently reading your sex workers column on your blog site and I was curious to ask you how can a client of a sex worker become an advocate for sex workers and their clients?

I ask this question because I have been seeing Sex workers since the age of 21 and I truly believe sex work should be legalized. I've read several books on the issues surrounding the sex work but the books seem to only focus on sex workers perspective and not the client side of sex work.

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Pay Gap Between Men & Women Starts One Year After Graduation
(15.Aug. 23:13)

At the rate we're going, women won't make equal pay for another 60 years...60 fucking years. In fact, there's evidence that the gender wage gap is actually increasing.

The Guardian has a great piece Five Myths of Unequal Pay that addresses some of the outdated thinking that keeps us in the pink ghetto. The one that rang true to me was the argument that women make less money because they take time off to have babies.

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I Can't Mentally Let Go & Orgasm
(15.Aug. 00:24)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I’m 20 years old and I would love your advice. I am having trouble mentally letting go during sex and masturbation so I find it really difficult to have an orgasm. I have had a few sexual partners but only really managed to have an orgasm twice (both times when I was on top).

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Sexualizing Stretch Marks
(14.Aug. 22:48)

I love Jade Beall's photographs of real women's bodies celebrating motherhood and age.

It isn't often that we sexualize stretch marks..I just had to post this pic. We see so many beautiful mothers in our bodysex workshops.

If only we valued the marks and scars of life like we value the marks and scars of violence.

Not Satisfied with the Intensity of My Orgasms
(13.Aug. 22:58)

Hi Betty and Carlin!

First, let me tell you.. You're amazing! Your advice helps me a lot :)

Well, I'm 18. I have been masturbating regularly since I was 13 or something. The problem is with the intensity of the orgasms that I have! I am not satisfied with it. Sometimes.. orgasms last only for 3-4 seconds. It is not that I am not aroused or anything. I just don't know what to do.. It leaves me completely disappointed at times. Intensity is satisfying only when my menstrual cycle is near.

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