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
- The Vulvaheart is Available for Purchase (08.Mar. 04:03)
It took us two years but the vulvaheart is done and available for purchase. So proud of this product and what it stands for - owning our sex organ.
Here's the link to purchase a vulvaheart: http://tinyurl.com/l7m5tjlWe Suggest:
- The Vulvahearts are Done (08.Mar. 01:52)
You can order your own vulvaheart here *tingles*?]
- The Barbie Mind Fuck (07.Mar. 00:49)
I know that some women love Barbie...I get it. But when I was a little girl Barbie was blacklisted from our home. My mother felt that it was healthier to play with dolls that looked like girls.
Recent research found that young girls who play with Barbie see themselves with fewer career choices. Researchers had two groups: girls who played with Barbies and girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head. Then they showed them pictures of different occupations and had them pick which ones they could see themselves performing in the future. Without fail, the young girls who played with Barbie selected fewer occupations - they had a narrower outlook on career possibilities.?]
- What Differences Do You See in the World's Reaction to You and Carlin? (07.Mar. 00:25)
Dear Ms Dodson
Thank you for your website, it's invaluable not just for the information resource but for it's humour and good sense. You seem to be a woman who has always lived life well, to the brink and beyond.
I was wondering what differences you see (if any) in the world's reactions between you and Carlin? You're both giving the same message, both trying to empower women, both talking about sex and masturbation but are at very different stages in your lives. Do you feel empowered by your age or made invisible by it? I'm hoping the former.
Finally, over the years, what would you say has been the greatest,positive change that you have experienced and if you had to pick just one challenge still to be overcome, what would you choose?
Dear NLH,We Suggest:
- Vintage Jared Leto & His Mother (06.Mar. 00:31)
We all watched Jared Leto's Oscar speech - a tribute to his mother. Here she is living on a commune in Colorado with Jared in her lap and his brother to her right.
They lived in Haiti for 18 months and, when things got tight, their van for about a year. What's clear even in this photograph is that she loved her children and encouraged their creativity.
Love her dress.We Suggest:
- My Clitoris is Almost Too Sensitive for Pleasure (06.Mar. 00:06)
I am 20 year old, woman, pre-orgasmic, and I am writing about the subject of clitoral sensitivity, as well as how to take control of my sexuality. Are you familiar with the concept of Highly Sensitive People, a topic explored at length by Elaine N. Aaron, Ph.D.? Supposedly, these people have a nervous system somewhat different from others, and find clitoral stimulation more intense and less pleasurable than other people.We Suggest:
- Electronica on Mr. Rogers in 1968 (05.Mar. 09:26)
This clips shows electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack appearing on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1968 with experimental children's dance educator Esther Nelson.
Mr. Rogers was so ahead of his time. I love his enthusiasm and commitment to expanding education. And Bruce Haack's set up is the shit:We Suggest:
- How Do I Find a Man Who Doesn't Have an Issue with Me Being a Virgin? (05.Mar. 02:43)
Hi Dr. Betty,
I'm a 31 year old who can't find a long term relationship because I'm a virgin. How do I find a man who doesn't have an issue with the fact that I'm a virgin?
First you need to learn how to give yourself an orgasm with masturbation which means you are no longer a "virgin" because you are sexually informed as to how your body functions. REALLY! Stop using the term "virgin." Instead think of the word as referring to an airline company called Virgin Airways.We Suggest:
- Because Even Barbara Walters Loves Her Vibe (05.Mar. 02:39)
Recently, Barbara Walters was discussing aging when she opened up about her favorite vibrator which she calls "selfie":
"I was very happy at 65. I liked it more than 66," the 84-year-old co-host said of getting older.
"Do you have more self-confidence, and more self-love?" Jenny McCarthy asked, prompting Walters to quip suggestively, "Self-love?"
"You know self-love, Barbara. Friday night self-love!" Shepherd teased.
Then Whoopie went right for the gold:
"You start talking about that vibrator of yours again, I can't handle it!" Goldberg interjected, as Walters said, "You know what it's called? A selfie!"
"The name of Barbara's vibrator is 'selfie,'" Goldberg repeated. "Fantastic."We Suggest:
- A Vintage Lesbian Bar (04.Mar. 07:13)
Le Monocle, a lesbian bar in Paris, circa 1930
I love this picture because it shows that there really isn't anything new under the sun.We Suggest: