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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

Hysterectomy Broke My Orgasm
(18.Apr. 00:42)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I don't get it. Doctors admit there are few nerve endings in the vaginal walls; yet after they take us apart during a full hysterectomy, that's all we have left: the clit and the vaginal birth canal. Are we expected to magically grow nerve endings in those walls to facilitate orgasms post-hysterectomy? If so, I must have missed "retraining" day because my vaginal walls have the same slack sensations they've always had, only now they're 2/3 shorter and sore from a mesh protrusion.

Before my hysterectomy, which was done for the doctor's benefit during a bladder lift, I always looked at my vaginal walls just as a way to accommodate and transport something -- a penis, a toy, fingers -- up to where the REAL action was: the cervix and uterus!

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We Ended Up Being Tops Who Top Each Other
(18.Apr. 00:35)

Mastery means we lead a life of choice. We choose. We don’t control. For life’s unpredictable, and only controllable at times - and for how long? who knows?

We no longer scan shelves, ads, tv programs, films, books. We choose them. This is why we meditate. Not to be virtuous, better, in the know, for health etc. Meditation’s calm & centering gives us focus enabling us to choose.

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Can't Quite Grasp a Man Fantasizing Over His Woman Being Gang Banged
(17.Apr. 00:34)

Dear Betty,

I have a sexual fantasy of a gangbang which I have shared with my partner recently. He has made several suggestions that we should put this fantasy into practise. My issue is that although it is my fantasy I am not actually sure what this means I would like to experience this in real life and am not actually sure if I would enjoy this or not.

Plus the other issue I have is can my partner truly respect me if he is prepared to have sex with me along with 5 or 6 other men...I'm having issues with accepting this, maybe it's just my old school mentality...Certainly with age I have become more empowered with sex and able to express myself more freely although I do sometimes still have issues with shyness when discussing certain aspects.

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But I Just Came Here For the Orgasms
(16.Apr. 23:50)

Hello, let me reintroduce myself. I'm Helen formerly known as Liandra Dahl. I'm on a hiatus from making films of sexy times but the sexy times continue nonetheless albeit in a heretofore unpredicted direction. God and sexy times. Contrary to popular belief I find they go very well together.

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"No Porn on the iPhone"
(16.Apr. 06:46)

This cover of Benedicte Martin's book La Femme was censored by Apple pursuant to Steve Job's admitted policy of "no porn on the iPhone".

They pulled her ebook from iTunes due to explicit imagery - they did the same thing to How to Make a Girl Come because it included two pictures of a vulva with anatomical references.  Not sure how you're supposed to educate people about female sexuality without including basic anatomy but I digress. 

Martin's publisher hit the roof...the French minister of culture got involved...and Ms. Martin's book was reinstated in iTunes. Not sure why nudity is equated with pornography.

We live in such a sick culture.

My Wife Isn't Interested in Having an Orgasm
(16.Apr. 00:37)

Dear Dr. Betty,

My wife and I have been together since High School and we are also each others first and only sexual partners. Over the years I have done what I can to try to learn how to bring her to orgasm, but they remain few and far between.

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Something About Woman to Woman Bondage
(16.Apr. 00:27)

Spent my morning looking at John Willie's bondage art on pinterest.

There's something about woman on woman bondage that's super sexy.  

And I love his vintage 1920's style.

Why Don't Guys Moan During Sex?
(15.Apr. 03:33)

Hello Dr. Betty,

I am a twenty-two year old college senior and I have been sexually intimate with guys since I was seventeen. I was wondering why a lot of the guys that I have been with have appeared as if they enjoyed it but barely make a sound until they orgasm.

Sometimes they seem like they are trying to suppress their sounds but I have been unable to find a way to confront them about it. Usually when I have sex I like to make noises throughout but I find it difficult to find guys who actually voice their pleasure in the bedroom.

Please help me figure out why a lot of the guys never like to moan because personally I find it to be a big turn on!


Dear C,

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The Original Cowgirl
(14.Apr. 01:11)

One of my favorite Betty pics from the late 70's early 80's.

She's the original cowgirl.

I Want to Orgasm From Penetration
(13.Apr. 00:19)

Dear Dr. Betty,

Hey, I'm A and I'm 17. I've been into sex from such a young age around 7 or 8 years old. I've always masturbated since then and always get to my orgasm and it feels so good. I started out humping up until I was 13 or so. I used my hands to massage clit area and came every time. I then used vibrating massager on clit and vagina area and it gave me a more intense orgasm, which I loved even more so I got addicted to it.

I was curious so I started using a brush after my fingers wouldn't work and I couldn't come then and so I started rubbing my clit and did that and it still wouldn't work! I obviously can't come with penetration and I so desperately want to.

Dear A,

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