Inspiration: Betty Dodson


My first introduction to sex advocacy was watching a highschool presentation by Sue Johanson. I remember being amazed at how silent the kids in the auditorium were; her incredible courage demanded not only our attention, but our respect. I still honor and respect Sue’s work, but as I continued to develop my interest in human sexuality, Betty Dodson was one of the women who truly inspired me.

I know that many of you are currently exploring your own sexuality, so I thought I would share with you a bit of information about Betty Dodson and her work.

From my understanding, Dodson began as a sensual or erotic artist. She then went on to teach masturbation and self exploration to women and a select group of men. She chose to obtain her credentials from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality rather than the more limiting option; a psychology degree from a conventional university.

I once saw Betty at a Quodoshka workshop in Victoria. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an opportunity to meet her, but her energy, even from a distance, was light, friendly and her body language alluded to her gentle confidence.

I have not actually watched any of the videos on Betty and Carlin’s site, Dodson and Ross, but they appear to be educational in purpose, yet sensual and bold. In addition, one of the elements on their site is a genital gallery; the intention being to illustrate through a visual aide that genitals come in all shapes, sizes and colours:-)

When I am feeling fearful about my own path as a sex advocate, I put myself in Betty’s shoes. I have the utmost respect for her. She forged ahead as a pioneer during a time when people did not talk openly about sex. Although we still have a long way to go, we must honour women like Betty who have paved the way for us.

I have no affiliation with Dodson and Ross, but I see their site as an excellent human sexuality resource. I am less familiar with Betty’s partner in crime, Carlin Ross, but I am sure she is a lovely addition to Betty’s teachings. Hats off to Dodson and Ross!

If you are interested in visiting DODSON & ROSS, Click here. If you would like to purchase betty Dodson’s book, Sex for One: The Joy of Self Loving, you can purchase it through my amazon Affiliate link on my Resources page. According to wikipedia, Dodson has sold over a million books! I find that simply amazing…it illustrates that we are indeed making progress!

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