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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

How Can I Cope with the Humiliation of Having Lesbian Parents?
(01.Sep. 23:17)

Dear Doctors Betty & Carlin,

How can I learn to best cope with the public humiliation for having lesbian mothers?

Please reply, I am in desperate need for advise!


Dear R,

You need to be grateful instead of responding to the ignorance of homophobia against lesbians. Any one in their right mind would LOVE to have two mothers instead of just one.

Also chances are very good your Moms will most likely be together to the end, unlike so many straight marriages where the monotony of monogamous sex will cause Daddy to stray as well as some Mothers. No one can publicaly humiliate you unless you respond. Just give them the finger and luagh at their social ignorance. Be proud not defeated.

Dr. Betty

Can't Break Up a Strike Declare a Holiday
(01.Sep. 23:13)

I googled "Labor Day" because I had no idea how this whole holiday started.  Labor Day was declared a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland after his failed attempt to break up a railroad strike in 1894.  Today we honor the achievements and contributions of the American worker.

Not sure how Fox News or the Koch brothers are celebrating the day but here's a pic of the Women's Auxillary Typographical Union's float taken during the 1909 Labor Day parade in NYC.   

Lesbian Sex
(30.Aug. 04:55)
See video

Gay or straight we're not responsible for our partner's orgasm.

How Do I Talk to My Girlfriends About Masturbation?
(30.Aug. 00:27)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I am a male teenager. But getting that out of the way, I live in a small, conservative, town in Midwest Nowhere-land. I'm a theater guy and, therefore, have mainly female friends. I'm very sex-positive and find sex the most interesting thing to talk about, so I've tried to talk about it to my friends and it never goes over well. So I learned not to talk about it. But now we're just about to graduate High School and I won't see any of my friends for a long time because I'm moving to New York in the fall.

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Bodysex & Erotic Recess in Elle UK
(30.Aug. 00:22)

From the Guardian to Huffington Post to Elle UK, we've had a bodysex PR run that still has us tingling.  Not only are these articles sex positive, but the women who wrote them experienced bodysex first hand and understand the essence of Betty's work. 

I love Stephanie's description of "erotic recess" for Elle UK:

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What is Your Take on Nicole Daedone & OM?
(28.Aug. 22:41)

Dear Dr. Betty,

What is your take on Nicole Daedone and OM?


Dear S,

Some people seem to enjoy the Om meditation and why not? Do I support Nicole's work and organization? I don't recommend it and I also don't condemn it. Unless I actually have the experience, I'm not in any position to say.

Meanwhile, I'm much too busy teaching women how to pleasure themselves so they can teach/show each lover what they like. Why don't you try it and let us know your opinion?

Dr. Betty

Aircraft Factory Workers Circa 1940
(28.Aug. 22:37)


I Can Only Orgasm When I'm Wearing Lingerie
(27.Aug. 23:19)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I'm a 39 yr old woman who is happily engaged to the most incredible lover anyone could imagine. He is sexy kind extremely in tune with my body and sexual needs. For the first time in my life I feel safe and completely comfortable with a man during sex. Its like he reads me from the inside out and takes pride in Pleasing me in anyway possible.

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Let’s Shed the Sinister Shame Garments & Joyfully Hang
(27.Aug. 23:18)

I have decided to push the envelope today…I am going to the gym in a pair of athletic shorts sans underwear.

The outline of my frenulum will be evident to anyone who decides to look and take notice. Am I prepping for a modest form of indecent exposure? Or, am I simply enjoying the healthy sensation of affording myself the privilege and beneficence of letting my dick hang, letting it move unencumbered, letting it move rhythmically with the rest of me?

I think it’s due time that men display their unique curves just as women casually flaunt bosom cleavages and pussy folds as mainstream demonstrations of feminine sexuality and aesthetic.

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Since I Hit my 40's Orgasm Takes a Really Long Time
(26.Aug. 23:20)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I am a 44-year-old woman who has been with my husband for 25 years. We have always had great sex and he has always put my pleasure first. I recently began having trouble reaching orgasm...even when I'm really turned on and just dying to have sex! I usually can "get there" but it takes a long, long time.

It is frustrating for both of us. I sometimes find my mind wandering and worrying about how long it is taking. I like to read romance novels to relax and to put me "in the mood" and find my libido is better than it has ever been. I find that masturbating can sometimes take longer than it used to as well.

Is this problem achieving orgasm just an aging issue? Thank you for all the great information. :)

Dear A,

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