Eric Francis linked to the Ms. Magazine article that launched Betty's career as a writer back in 1973 (the year I was born). Here is an email he received from one of his writers:
"When I followed link to Dodson article 1973 in this week's post, it was strongest yet--and reality. When I saw the photo of her in yoga position, I knew for sure what I'd thought when i saw her name in the past: I read that article when I was about to turn 13.
Some would say that was inappropriate, but my parents never censored my reading, and my mom got Ms. I'd like to say it came as a revelatory lightning bolt, but it was more a basic foundational thing; as a result of her article I went into my adult life comfortable that touching and toys, both alone or with a partner, was not a lesser, or a pervy, or an immature experience.
Her warmth and frankness in that article is probably behind a large part of sexual pleasure I've had over more than 30 years since then, and by extension the people I've had as lovers, and who they have...you just never know who you're reaching. What an amazing gift."
Betty put herself out there - nipples and all - at a time when no one talked openly about their sexuality. Just viewing an image of a woman in her sexual power healed a young girl on the eve of her womanhood.
This is the power of sex positive images of female sexuality.