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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

I'm Seeking a Career in Sex Therapy Because of Your Writings
(04.Feb. 01:11)

Hi Dr. Dodson,

I wanted to express my gratitude and proudly inform that I will be seeking a career in sexual therapy due to your writings. Your amazing book, sex for one, was handed off to me this past summer. I have always thought of masturbation as a wonderful thing but never realized how deprived women around me were. It made me sad, and thus I began to ask the questions that no one at a university campus dares to. When was the last time you had an orgasm?

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Serial Killer Barbie
(04.Feb. 01:07)

We see Barbie going on dates, riding in her dream car, and cruising in her catamaran but you never see the dark side of Barbie...until now.

I just love Mariel Clayton's photographs depicting serial killer Barbie.  Finally, we get some honesty.

I Want Him to be My First Simply Because He's Experienced
(03.Feb. 00:49)

Dear Dr. Betty,

I don't know if you remember me, but I emailed you a while back in the Summer regarding my situation. I'll recap fast. I e-mailed you seeking your advice regarding me sleeping with a guy, while I was over in London for an exchange trip. How I wanted to do it because I'm single and never had sex before. I'm 19 and he's 32. Now over the summer he told me he was married, and I was pissed because he did not disclose that information in the first place. So we stopped talking. After four months went on by without talking he contacts me back in December. Over Christmas he tells me he still wants to fuck me.

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The Sex Can Remain Dirty but the Values Have to be Clean
(03.Feb. 00:42)

We're big Erika Lust fans and when we viewed her TED talk we had to republish it here:

Sexual Imagery is more powerful than we realize.  How we view sex is how we have sex.  And it's not about censoring sex acts or making performers wear condoms - it's about showing both genders achieving authentic orgasm in contexts that are varied and appeal to all appetites.

How Can I Heal My Vaginismus?
(31.Jan. 02:37)

Lots of lubricant and self-penetration.

How Do I Make Him Want More Sex?
(31.Jan. 00:09)

Dear Betty,

Since you've helped me a lot already, here's another interesting issue others may also find useful.

We talk about a lot about man wanting sex more than women and there is also some discussion about the contrary: I'm one of the women who is possibly more sexual than her partner. We have good sex but I seem to have a bigger appetite than my boyfriend. Since he is very sensitive about this topic and I respect and love him, fucking other men is not an option for me- for moral reasons.

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How Attachment Parenting My Children Taught Me Self-Love
(30.Jan. 23:59)

When I was19 I travelled to East Africa hoping to live with and learn from other cultures. Arriving in Kenya I was told about a semi-nomadic tribe called the Maasai, who lived in Southern Kenya and part of Tanzania. Traditional way of life for the Maasai revolved around men moving cattle for grazing and water while the women took care of the children and home.

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He Can't Feel Me Coming
(30.Jan. 01:20)

Dr. Betty,

Let me first say that you are my hero. I am a 33 year old woman who has enjoyed masturbation since childhood, but I’ve always had difficulty coming during penetration. Thanks to you, last year I started masturbating while penetrating myself with a dildo in practice for partner sex with my husband. (Yay, Betty’s Vaginal Barbell!) Also, you made me feel comfortable with seeking my own orgasm during partner sex, including using a vibrator. Now, my favorite is doggy style, with my uncut husband slowly penetrating me from behind while I use a vibe on my clit. I can come!

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Owning It
(30.Jan. 01:18)

I'm not sure why but I fell in love with this photograph.  And I didn't realize that they were holding hands until just now.

Totally owning it.

Living at Home...Can't Order Sex Toys...How Can I Masturbate?
(29.Jan. 03:21)

Dear Dr. Betty

I'm not a teen anymore, but I live with my parents. Unfortunately I don't believe they understand I have sexual needs as an adult because they still see me as a kid (because I'm still an University student and I never dated anyone before) so they wouldn't accept the fact that I do masturbate and need sex toys.

Thing is, I'm too shy to go to a sex shop all by myself and I can't order online because of my parents.

What can I possibly do? Thank you so much.

Dear A,

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