I’m reading a book called Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving by Betty Dodson, who is known as “the mother of masturbation” in America. The book is fascinating and I’ll blog about it when I finish. But for now, I’d like you to meet Betty.

Betty rocking her sweet silver overcoat.

First of all, it’s “Doctor” Dodson, if you’re nasty. (Thank you, Janet Jackson.) Although Betty was trained as a classical artist and still works as an artist, she got her Ph.D. in sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 1994. But get this—she only went for her degree after spending about 30 years teaching women across America that it’s ok to be sexual, to masturbate, and to love their genitals. She likes to point out that she got to her vaunted position of nationally known sexpert only through her personal experiences, not through formal medical or psychological training.

Betty was a big name in the second-wave feminist movement of the ’60s. She was super involved with NOW and maintains that unfair social conditioning keeps women from realizing their full sexual potential.

Recently she paired up with Carlin Ross, a hot-to-trot young feminist with a past life in media law. The two run a website where their mission is to “present their unique perspective on What Women Want in the Boardroom and the Bedroom.” Love it.

Photo courtesy of dodsonandross.com
Betty and her protege, Carlin.

Although I can’t say I agree with everything Betty writes about in Sex for One (more on that in a later blog), the woman’s outspokenness and fearlessness is friggin’ inspirational. You don’t get a title like “the mother of masturbation” for nothing.

I just thought y’all should meet.