Betty Dodson

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Betty Dodson (2010)

Betty Dodson (born August 24, 1929 in Wichita , Kansas , † October 31, 2020 in New York City , New York ) was an American sex educator and author.


Dodson is considered to be a pioneer of the sexual liberation of women. Her first book, Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving , on the subject of masturbation , sold more than a million copies.

From the 1970s she held body sex workshops where women explored their bodies and masturbated together.

Dodson was one of the co-founders of sex-positive feminism because she found traditional feminism too mundane and anti-sexual. In 2001, she criticized the Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler as sexually restrictive and loaded with prejudices against men.

In 1992 she completed her Ph. D. in Sexology at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality , although its degrees are not officially recognized.

She lived in New York City where she ran a private practice. She referred to herself as bisexual . Dodson died in the fall of 2020 at the age of 91.



  • Liberating Masturbation: a Meditation on Selflove (1974) (renamed in 1986: Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving )
    • Sex for one: the pleasure of your own body . Translation by A. Osborne. Munich: Goldmann, 1989
  • Orgasms for Two: the Joy of Partnersex (2002)
    • Sex for two: feeling lust together . Translation of Beate Gorman. Munich: Goldmann, 2003
  • My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir (2010)


  • Selfloving: Portrait of a Sexual Seminar
  • Celebrating Orgasm: Women's Private Selfloving Sessions
  • Viva la Vulva; Women's Sex Organs Revealed

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The sex educator and artist Betty Dodson is dead. In: Monopol , November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  2. ( Memento from May 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive )