I thought I was well versed in (and around!) my vulva. After all, I’ve been playing with my pussy since I was 6. But a bodysex workshop with octogenarian Betty Dodson, the "Mother of Masturbation" showed me I still have lots to learn. Trust me, no one is more invested in female pleasure than Dodson.
During her famous group-sex parties of the '70s, Dodson pushed the boundaries for women seizing power in the sack. And she never stopped. This woman has written books (most famous of these is Sex for One), illustrated hundreds of erotic scenes, hosted a TV show, and maintains a private practice for her sex-positive work. She’s a pioneer of human sexuality and a true feminist liberator. Her mantra is "liberating women one orgasm at a time."
Oh -- and her initials are B.A.D.
Last month, I flew from Seattle to New York City to attend Dodson's two-day workshop. As a sexually aware women who likes to feel good, I didn’t hesitate to throw down a $1,000 cash donation for the weekend.
I descended upon Dodson’s Manhattan apartment with nine other women, as well as Carlin Ross, Betty’s sassy business partner and stunt cunt. Some women came to the workshop in order to heal body shame, image, or sexual guilt. Others came to share sisterhood. One came on her therapist’s advice. Women traveled from all corners of the United States, and from as far as Denmark and Switzerland.