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415 pages - 90 images of Betty through the years and her art
What began back in the eighties is finally off my computer - print copies of my memoir are available on Amazon.
While Carlin holds baby Grayson in her arms, I’m holding my 415 page book. Yesterday when the box arrived, I cradled my Memoir in my arms knowing it was my best effort to share my sexual life’s story. A project I began back in 1986 that had been in and out of the closet until NOW! I’ve been reading my own book like I’d just discovered it.
We're re-releasing Betty's memoir with an extra chapter and 92 additional images. This is one of my faves: Betty, Grant & Norma at a 70's nudist colony.
Love her hat.
Excerpt from Betty Dodson: My Sexual Revolution
In 1966 I was having the best orgasmic partner sex of my life with a brilliant English professor who had recently quit academia over politics. He was forty-two. I was thirty-six and had been separated six months from a sexless seven year marriage. He'd been divorced a year from a seventeen year marriage and had recently gone cold turkey off uppers and downers prescribed by his psychiatrist. He was an emotional mess going through withdrawal while I was convinced great sex would bring him back to mental health.
"WANKER'S WORKSHOP" read the bold type in the Village Voice. The year was 1983 just before AIDS was about to throw America into a sexual panic. Howard Smith, the editor of Scene's, was telling his readers about my men's workshops. Since the subject was masturbation, he was milking it for laughs like everyone else did. When he first called, I told him the men's workshops were due to popular demand.
"Betty, it sounds utterly crazy. I'm sorry, but I'm hard pressed to follow what you're up to. I can understand how women could benefit from learning about masturbation; it would teach them how to have orgasms. But most research shows men are regular masturbators and they start at an early age. So what's to teach?"
In 1974, I was at the University of Chicago speaking to a small audience in a very large auditorium, not my favorite venue. No speaker likes to see so many empty chairs. After my talk followed by the vulva slide show presentation, I went for coffee with a group of friends, including Nat Lerman, one of the editors from Playboy magazine.
As we were sitting around talking and laughing, Nat mentioned that Playboy was going to run an article about me. He'd commissioned a woman to take my workshop so she could write about it. I was stunned! Playboy had sent a spy to infiltrate my all-women's masturbation groups? Nat said I wasn't going to like the article, but all was fair in love and journalism.