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Saturday, July 28, 2012

SEX & POLITICS British Occupied Ireland

Before we fight for freedom it helps to know and have experience of what we are fighting for. Pass this on and tell Mackers, yes the guy who was locked up on the blanket for years who now censors freedom fighters. here is an article from another of life's teachers. - brian

I didn't grow up reading websites like Truthout. My understanding of government and money from childhood through most of my adult years was pathetic. I was not formally educated other than art school. The positive aspect of that meant my creativity was not dulled by rote learning. A year of college while working after school in the advertising department of the Wichita Beacon newspaper demonstrated I knew more than the professor who was teaching us about commercial art. After I showed him how drawings were reproduced, I opted for on-the-job training and dropped out of school.

I moved to New York City and supported myself with commercial art as I began four years of art schooling at night with the help of scholarships plus one final year in Paris. Money was what I earned to pay rent so I could draw and paint. Other than saying I was a Democrat, I was totally apolitical, following in the footsteps of most working-class folks who lived from one paycheck to the next.

I became very good at drawing and painting the classical nude. A brief marriage allowed me to paint full time for five years. Following a divorce, I entered America's sexual revolution. Once my classical nudes began to have sex, my first exhibition took place when I was about to turn 40 in 1968. "The Love Picture Exhibition" was a big success. Two years later my second show of masturbating nudes ended my gallery career. I was a feminist dedicated to helping women learn about clitoral orgasms to get beyond the penis/vagina procreation model.

I wouldn't taste another bite of success until I wrote an article about masturbation for the newly formed Ms. Magazine. When it appeared in 1974, reader response was overwhelmingly positive. I wrote, illustrated and published 5,000 copies of my first book, Liberating Masturbation: a Meditation on Selflove, that became a feminist classic. Finally I had a product to sell that could be duplicated. I was a businesswoman with an artist's soul who refused all the offers that followed because they weren't "perfect." After this second financial success, I knew I had to teach sex to women, and I became poor again. It actually felt better living from hand to mouth because it was what I knew best. 

The women's masturbation workshops I led for 25 years led to a PhD in sexology. But my experience during America's Sexual Revolution, attending sex parties along with teaching masturbation workshops was my REAL education. The same as art, I learned about sex by doing sex.

Now, in my 80's, I'm learning about politics and justice by interacting hands-on with the Truthout community, which I'm honored to support. My computer is my office and classroom. I can't wait to go there every day to check out my website, email, answer sex questions and read Truthout. The folks who read Truthout are my kind of people; they are still discussing and questioning subjects that matter. 

Betty Dodson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Betty Dodson (born August 24, 1929, Wichita, Kansas) is an American sex educatorauthor, and artist. Dodson held the first one-woman show of erotic art at the Wickersham Gallery in New York City in 1968. She left the art world to teach sex to women. She is widely known as a pioneer in women's, and to a somewhat lesser extent men's, sexual liberation, having sold more than 1 million copies of her first book, Sex for One. Much of her fame has come from her work not only advocating masturbation, but conducting workshops for more than 30 years in which groups of about 10 or more women (and at least once a group of men) would talk, explore their own bodies, and masturbate together. She hosted a Public-access television cable television program in New York City in the early 80's, and conducted her workshop - a dozen or so nude women discussing and practicing masturbation - on TV.[citation needed] Her website called "Betty Dodson's Genital Gallery" shows many films of masturbation and intercourse, with close-up views of genitals.
Dodson's books include Liberating Masturbation, a self-published book that became a feminist classic[citation needed]Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving and Orgasms for Two: the Joy of Partnersex. She also produced four videos: Selfloving: Portrait of a Sexual Seminar,Celebrating Orgasm: Women's Private Selfloving SessionsViva la Vulva; Women's Sex Organs Revealed and The Orgasm Doctor": Two Private Hands-on Sex Coaching Sessions.
She is a founder of the pro-sex feminist movement[citation needed], having left behind the more traditional feminist movement because she considered it banalantisexual and over-politicized. Dodson considers too much is made of sexual labels and embraces them all by calling herself a heterosexual, bisexual lesbian. She looks forward to the day we can all be just "sexual."[1] In recent years she has criticized Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, which she believes has a negative and restrictive view of sexuality and an anti-male bias (Dodson, 2001)[citation needed].
Dodson has a degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality for her research work on sexuality.[2]
Dodson maintains a private practice in New York City and has an active website.[3] In an article on her website about hands-on sex therapy, she explains her choice against pursuing a degree in psychology and licensing as a therapist since it would have prevented her from continuing with the types of sex workshops and counseling for women that she had been doing for decades.[4] While she doesn't presently offer her Bodysex Workshops, she is available for private individual and couples coaching.[5]
Dodson appeared in a Season 4 episode of Penn & Teller's Bullshit! that dealt with abstinence.[6] She was also on The View, and has appeared in numerous sex documentaries.
Most recently, Dodson has partnered with Carlin Ross and created a sexuality portal[7] for women under the brand Dodson and Ross. Together, they're launching an online video series "Basic Sex Skills: The New Porn.[8]


"Some people haven't figured it out yet," she said of their sexuality. "When it comes to sex, all women are gay. Some men are holdouts."[9]


  1. ^ Dodson, Betty (June 26, 2005), We Are All Quite Queer, Retrieved November 17, 2006.
  2. ^ Betty Dodson author biography, Random House, retrieved 2012-04-08
  3. ^ website
  4. ^ [1] from Ask Dr. Betty - Sex Coaching
  5. ^ [2] A Private Session with Betty
  6. ^ [3] Season 4, Episode 10: Abstinence
  7. ^ portal
  8. ^ [4] Dodson & Ross About Us
  9. ^ "The Exercise Must Be Free", Jerry Talmer, GayCityNews, October 30, 2008

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