Taking a bodysex workshop is transformative. We focus on overcoming negative body image and pleasure anxiety.
Yes, they're done in the nude but it's not sexual. Betty developed these workshops using the consciousness raising model of second wave feminism where women got together and shared their experience first person. You can read about past workshops to better understand the experience here (scroll down to read blog posts written by Carlin and our Bodysex leaders).
Whatever your race, orientation, upbringing, or country of origin, we have wounds to heal. All are welcome.
The next workshops will be held Spring 2017 on these dates:
If you have any questions or would like to start the certification process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to certify women to hold their own Bodysex workshops so that the Betty Dodson method of self-love and sisterhood continues and expands to every country around the world.
When Betty and I first got together, we had this vision of a world map with red lights being illuminated every time someone clicked on D&R. Now we feel that those red lights represent women certified in the Betty Dodson method as each woman holds her own Bodysex workshops.
I'm really focused on ebooks right now because it's the easiest way for us to get our information out globally and keep the lights on. Betty's memoir My Romantic Love Wars is out as an ebook and we're releasing several how-to sex ebooks including my first writing venture.
Betty sketched these vulvas for the release of her international best seller Sex for One. Scarleteen and Planned Parenthood have reproduced these images as a sex education resource. Knowing that there is a range of vulva types has healed millions of women.
I just love this piece. Who knew that women get erections just like men:
Evan Rachel Wood's acceptance speech is so powerful because she describes what it feels like to grow up "bisexual" without a clear understanding of your orientation. This is my favorite line, "I see you. You see me. We aren't so different. Through connection the healing begins".
I feel the same way about Bodysex. When we connect...when we are seen and we see each other we are healed.
These are my two favorite paintings from artist Felice House.
After moving from the Northeast to Austin, she fell if love with the concept of the "West" and thought about the roles women were relegated to, inspiring her to replace the cowboys in iconic (male-dominated) Western art with women.
Her work says so much about power dynamics and gender roles. Her paintings are 1.25 life-sized so the women are larger than the viewer, "when you see them in person, people are surprised by the scale. People aren't used to women towering over them."
A big thank you to Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland - the four main organizers of the Women's March - who were arrested yesterday protesting outside Trump Tower in nyc for A Day Without A Woman (9 other protestors were also arrested).
This is the best arrest photo ever. Wish I could have been there but motherhood and raising a feminist son is my priority right now. I keep looking for numbers on yesterday's global strike *fingerscrossed*.
Feminism has finally gone mainstream.
It seems like vulva art is popping up everywhere and I'm loving Jacqueline Secor's work. Each image captures a "vulva style" and almost all have dangling inner lips.
She began painting vulvas to deal with some body dysmorphia issues she was having living in Utah where there's only one definition of beauty. Looking forward to viewing more of her work.
This is the kind of news that gets my clit rock hard. Elina Berglund, a nuclear physicist, has developed a birth control app that's as effective as the pill. All you have to do is take your temperature under your tongue each morning and enter the info into the app. Then your smart phone lets you know when you're fertile and when you're not. I would just synch it to my calendar.
These nude photographs were part of a Valentine's exhibition at the South Downs Heritage Centre. After receiving a slew of complaints, the gallery pulled them before rethinking it and reinstating them a few days later.
Incredible that nude photographs from the Victorian era would push so many buttons. I love the real bodies and the playfulness. Beautiful.
I love the sentiment of this Valentine Betty drew in 1987.
First, she dedicates it to herself (I think she should be credited with the selflove movement) and then the love she has for "all my friends, lovers and strangers all over planet earth".
Natasha posted a link to James Prescott's research on body pleasure and the origins of violence. I read through the dense extract and it was life affirming. We have instincts that, at times, we question. Everything Betty teaches through her books and the workshops can be quantified. Touch and pleasure inhibit violence across the board.
It starts with maternal touch as infants. Cultures that support mothers, don't sexualize breastfeeding toddlers, and encourage general affection have less violence. The concept that pain is useful in child-rearing produces angry, aggressive adolescents and adults. Here's an interesting wrinkle: mothers who didn't experience orgasm were more likely to abuse their children.
I don't think we've ever had a more policitized Superbowl. Most of the ads had a clear pro-diversity theme and it made me proud to be an American.
Then there was this moment when the Schuyler Sisters from the cast of Hamilton sang America the Beautiful and inserted "sisterhood" after the line "and crown thy hood in brotherhood"...it was electric:
Maybe we needed some push back to pave the way for true equality. The people have spoken.
Vicky Balch lost her leg in a rollercoaster accident when she was 21. To promote positive body image among young girls, she released this picture featuring her amputation.
It's so powerful and reassuring. All bodies are beautiful even with life's scars and losses. What an amazing young woman.