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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

My Pregnancy Body
(20.Dec. 09:19)

I've always been defined by my body. I had curves at a young age - I had to balance jeers from my brother and his friends with leers from men in my dad's church.

Pregnancy has been a beautiful experience because I've shed all that. I am hourglass no waist is carrying a human life and my ass is dwarfed by it's growing proportions. This whole experience is so healing because my body is fulfilling its intended purpose. I don't exist solely for the pleasure of others. That is fucking power.

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I'm Never Wet When I Orgasm
(19.Dec. 00:43)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I'm a great fan of yours. At 67, I've learned a lot from you. Too bad you live in NY and I in AZ. I sure would like to have fun with you. My question is when I orgasm with my vibrator, or with my husband, I'm never wet. My husband thinks I should be.

Please enlighten us. Thanks for all your help. O

Dear O,

The amount of lubrication women have or don't have varies tremendously. I have never had much natural lubrication from my forties on so I have always used copious amounts of my favorite 100% almond oil. Most health food stores carry it. Another obvious factor is that at 67 you are post menopausal which means your estrogen is much lower.) I do NOT recommend the crap Big Pharma puts out.

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Who Would Have Thought That My Husband Would Reunite Us
(19.Dec. 00:40)

We had the opportunity to reunite with the love of my life 20 years ago. I'd been torn from him by conflicts with an old fashioned jealous lover then… when I'd told him happily - and naively - of my discovery.

I'd some vague hope to refresh the memories of my cock sinking in under the weight of my lust and the magnetism of his desire into his ass again.

Who would have thought that my husband would be the one to reunite us, again with lust, multiplied by two, but based again with the same attraction.

Our Asian friend arrived, dressed in black. A gossamer light down jacket, silk scarf.

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We've Been Changing the World for Centuries
(18.Dec. 01:02)

Here are some of the great women scientists that history has cleverly forgotten. I think it's important to piece together our past so that young women know we've been changing the world and leading the way for centuries.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867-1934) - Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist, famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity.

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) - Chinese American physicist with expertise in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity.

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We Have Oral Sex & Intercourse But I Can't Come At All
(18.Dec. 00:57)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I was a virgin until I was 40. Up until then I had been masturbating with an electric toothbrush on my clit and sometimes a vibrator not on in my vagina. I have tried the hand stuff to try to make me orgasm with no luck. The problem I am running into is now that I am in a relationship with a guy (the guy I gave up my virginity to) I can't orgasm with him at all.

We have oral sex and intercourse and I can't cum at all. He has tried fingering also to no avail. We have been together for a year and a half. Just really frustrated right now. He makes me feel amazing I just can't seem to let go.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Dear R,

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Grayson's Cells are Being Deposited All Over My Body
(17.Dec. 00:46)

I never knew how intense pregnancy was as an experience until now. I'm amazed at the way my body has changed and how instinctual everything is's like I'm on autopilot and if I just relax and listen it all comes to me.

Yesterday, I was surfing around and came across an article in Scientific American on microchimerism. As it turns out, right now Grayson and I are sharing cells across my placenta. His Y chromosome cells are being deposited in all my major organs including my brain. That's why pregnancy can prevent cancer and tumor growth (my immune cells have been triggered by microchimerism and kill those cancer cells on the spot).

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Any Tips for Using a Diaphragm?
(17.Dec. 00:24)

Hi Betty.

A few days ago I went to the healthcare center and tried out my size for a diaphragm. The woman who I had scheduled a meeting with was a midwife. She was really nice to me but still seemed like she was reluctant to the idea of me getting a diaphragm. She had a discussion with me where she asked me several times if I knew that there were other types of birth control that I could see myself trying out instead but I stood my ground and told her everything I knew about hormones and the diaphragm. In the end she stopped trying to convince me and I got to try out my size.

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"Anything Desired or Despised is Placed on the Female Body"
(16.Dec. 00:55)

Artist Wangechi Mutu makes powerful collages from ethnographic photography, porn magazines, and 19-century medical illustrations.

In her own words,

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body".

It's so simpe and it's so true. Our bodies are the lightning rods of the culture.

I'm Worried She'll Laugh at My Penis
(16.Dec. 00:41)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I am 16 years old, and recently stumbled upon a video of yours, having to do with penis size. I recently blew a chance with an older, experienced girl, and just recently started "hooking up" with another. I feel as if my dick will be a joke to experienced girls.

I'm a late bloomer, and am expected to continue growing in all areas of my body, however, the girl I am with at this moment is down to have sex. I've already done oral play on her breasts, and I know for a fact she wants to fuck. I am worried she will just laugh about my dick. its not tiny, I'm around average size.

Dear G,

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Polly Superstar: "Progressive Sexuality Isn’t Just About Having Sex at Parties"
(13.Dec. 12:20)

Betty met Polly Superstar and felt like she was meeting her past self.  Polly runs high-end sex parties across the globe and recently wrote a book about her life story and her adventures. 

Betty and I are thinking of dropping in on one of her nyc events.  I think it'd be interesting to show up in my last trimester and play voyeur.  I asked Polly to write up a brief introduction to her work and her "kinky salons".  Looking forward to meeting you in the flesh, Polly:

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