Ten Reasons to Love: Betty Dodson
14th Jan 2015
1.SHE IS OUR “BAD” AUNT BETTY
Her full name is Betty Anne Dodson hence “BAD,” she teaches us to love our vulvas, appreciate our bodies, enjoy masturbation, become orgasmic and embrace our sexuality.
2. HER BOOKS BRING US CLOSER TO SEXUAL ENLIGHTENMENT
Here are some of Betty’s most famous titles:
Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove (1974): Regarded as a feminist classic!
Sex for One: The Joy of Self-loving (1987): Her best seller: a guided invitation to masturbation.
Orgasms for Two: the Joy of Partner-sex (2002): A positive view on sex with a partner.
3. HER INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING VIDEOS: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S SEXUALITY
These are just a few examples of her videos:
Selfloving: Portrait of a Sexual Seminar (1993): it documents one of Betty’s women’s masturbation workshops in which sex education and sexual pleasure are intertwined.
Orgasmic Women: 13 Self-Loving Divas (2006): a celebration of women’s orgasms and its diversity.
Betty Dodson: Her Life and Art (2007): written by Betty herself, this film shows her own life as an artist and as an advocate for sexual pleasure and sexual liberation. It shows many of her original art pieces created in the past 45 years. Bonus: you can watch it on youtube (among many other inspiring videos) if you subscribe to Carlin Ross‘ channel.
Betty Dodson’s Bodysex Workshop DVD (2011): a circle of trust, scenes of genital show and tell and a shared experience of self-acceptance and bodily pleasure.
4. SHE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED SCHOLAR
Betty holds a Ph.D. in clinical sexology and has received The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s Public Service Award (2011) and the Masters and Johnson Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (2012).
There are several academic articles and blog entries written by her available. She often writes about women’s sexual pleasure, the importance of knowing what we like and the merits of experiencing orgasms.
5. HER BODYSEX WORKSHOPS
She has been running these for more than 25 years! In cooperation with Carlin Ross, Betty relaunched the “Bodysex” workshops and now they host six per year.
These workshops promote self-love, sisterhood, knowledge of one’s own body and a positive view on sex and masturbation. It is a healing process that encourages to view the body as a home of joy and pleasure.
They also host specialized workshops to certify women to hold their own Bodysex workshop — expanding Betty’s philosophy throughout the globe.
6.SHE IS AN EROTIC ART PIONEER
In 1950 Betty entered art school and drew many nudes; showing that since those days she already loved and admired the human body.
In 1968 Betty had the first one-woman show of erotic art in New York. In 1973 Betty joined other feminists and presented the first slideshow of vulvas and introduced a vibrator as a device for self-pleasure at the NOW Conference on women’s sexuality in New York. Betty’s art is varied, exciting, subversive and feminist. Check out her gallery; it includes works that span from the 50s’ to the early 2000s’.
7. PODCASTS AND VIDEOS: GETTING TO KNOW BETTY AND CARLIN ROSS
Betty is definitely committed to sharing her knowledge and experiences, and spreading the word about masturbation, women’s sexuality, body acceptance and empowerment. A proof of this is the multiple audio and video files available at their webpage. Here is one of our favourites on Body appreciation.
8.BETTY’S VAGINAL BARBELL
Her selection of Sex Toys including the Betty’s Vaginal Barbell: Made of stainless steel, the Barbell is both a dildo and a vaginal exerciser. ‘The Barbell is sturdy enough to become a family heirloom that can be passed down from grandmother to granddaughter.’ Wow! This is what we call being really open-minded.
9. HER LATEST BOOK:
My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir (2010): A first-person account of Betty’s life story, including her reminiscences of the Sexual Revolution in the U.S. and her experiences as a feminist activist for over thirty years.
10. AMONGST HER MANY WORDS OF WISDOM:
"Liberating women one orgasm at a time."
Phew! Safe to say there is now a LOT on our to-read and to-watch list (hold all our calls!).
What’s your favourite Betty Dodson book? Any other pioneering erotica and sex educators we should know about? Leave us a comment and let us know!