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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

Thank You for Inspiring Me to Give My Daughter a Sex Positive Education
(23.Oct. 23:48)

Dear Betty,

I had to think of you last week. My daughter, who'll be 4 in January, was sick with high fever. She was lying in bed, at times "reading" books, at times sleeping. I was lying next to her and reading. Suddenly she lifted the cover and said smiling: "Look mum, I'm playing with my little vulva." I said: "I see". I was amazed by how she had perfectly figured out the technique by herself (why shouldn't she, I suppose). It made me feel happy and proud.

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Monica Lewinsky: Smart, Funny...Taking on Shame
(23.Oct. 23:43)

Monica Lewinsky is one posed young woman.  I never thought about what it must have been like to be the first person to have their reputation destroyed on the internet.  She's right - her "scandal" was the first social media moment.  The Starr Report was made available online and everyone read by page.

And I didn't know that the FBI threatened her with 27 years in prison if she didn't wear a wire to entrap Bill AND SHE DIDN'T.  They even threatened her mother with jail time (assholes).  It's been 15 years and now she's taking on cyberbullying to end shame and humiliation online. 

What a beautiful soul:

Intimidated to Orgasm in Front of Another Person
(22.Oct. 23:21)

Deaaaar Betty,

I am 26 and have never had an orgasm in front of another person. I have been giving myself orgasms since early childhood, for as long as I can remember. I have only been what we might call self-actualized or truly present in sex and dating in the last maybe 4 years, and have been having doing sex-like things and dating for the last 14 years.

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Not a Crime in Canada to Sell Sex for Money
(22.Oct. 23:17)

Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford is being awarded the Ontario Civil Liberties Award in November for challenging Canada's anti-prostitution laws in court. Not only were these laws struck down as unconstitutional, but the court was very clear about any future legislation regulating sex work stating that parliament could regulate against nuisances:

"but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes... It is not a crime in Canada to sell sex for money."

It has given parliament one year to come up with new prostitution laws.

Love this that she brought her riding crop to that she testified without fear...curious to see how things progress in Canada.

I Start with My Clit & Then Choose What Orgasm I Want to Have
(21.Oct. 23:24)

Hi Betty:

I wanted to share with you my experiences with orgasms. Since I have been having them I know they are not all the same, from intensity to duration. I started masturbating very young so I know how to manipulate my orgasms around.

I recently was talking to a friend and issues with the G spot and blah blah blah. I was trying to explain to her that I can start stimulation on my clit (during masturbation or intercourse) doesnt matter which one and then I reach a point where I can choose what type of orgasm I want to have.

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First Sex was Sideways
(21.Oct. 23:15)

This is an image of the Antiarch - a 380 million year old lake fish that was the first creature to have "sex". 

A researcher was looking through some Antiarch fossils and noticed a distinct L-shaped bone (penis).  Then he found want looked like a cheese grater set of bones (vulva) and realized that the Antiarch had evolved to have penetrative sex and internal copulation.  And they had sex side-by-side locking together their genitals; the first sex was side-ways.  Their little side appendages evolved to help the male insert his penis while floating in water.

Researcher John Long:

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My Partner Doesn't Like that I Masturbate Before Sex
(20.Oct. 22:45)

Hey Betty.

I'm a 21 year old female and have been with my 25 year old fiancé for 4 and a half years. now, my question.

Before we have sex, I like to go off into the bedroom on my own and make myself come through masturbation first because then everything down below seems to swell with blood making me more than ready for sex, it makes sex feel soooo much better, but my partner doesn't like it when I masturbate first because he feels like I'm not sexually attracted to him anymore.

We've tried foreplay, but to put it quite simply, he's crap with it. I've tried getting him to do oral to me, fingering me and even using my toy on me and no matter how well I direct him, he can never seem to get it right so I end up taking over anyway. I could really do with some advice here.

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Haunting Images of Lillian Bassman
(20.Oct. 00:11)

i just stumbled upon her work and I'm in love.

Her images are haunting.

Xmas Tree or Butt Plug?
(18.Oct. 23:47)

Artist Paul McCarthy created this xmas tree sculpture to adorn the Place Vendome in Paris.  Unfortunately, Parisians can't help but feel embarrassed by it's resemblance to a butt plug.

It does kind of look like my favorite sex life accessory.  I ask you: xmas tree or butt plug?

The Clitoris is the Primary Organ for Orgasm/Pleasure
(18.Oct. 01:48)

A woman's erection needs 20-30 minutes of adequate clitoral stimulation to orgasm.

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