Memoirs

Betty in the 80's

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:40
Submitted by Carlin Ross

We included this picture in the new edition of Betty's memoir.  Here she is vamping it up in black lace back in the 80's. 

Would be amazing to go back in time and have a drink with this woman.

Women in Lingerie - No Photoshop No Pouting

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 06:30
Submitted by Carlin Ross

There are so many amazing projects being produced by women right now.  No coincidence that it's all happening on the eve of our first female president being elected into office.

This is a photo from the Lonely Girls Project.  They have a line of lingerie but instead of enlisting the same cookie cutter models to tell their story they had celebrity and regular women shoot themselves in their own envirnoments - no photoshop no pouting.  The images are so appealing to me, so real, so erotic.  

I love the image of the mom in the kitchen with her kid.  I can so relate.  It's so refreshing to see nipples, cellulite dimples and genuine sensuality.

Betty in the Goddess Pose

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:04
Submitted by Carlin Ross

When the NY Times ran a story on Betty's sex parties, they had a photographer come by and take several photos for the piece. 

I believe this was taken on her roof...it never ran...

Carlin Darling,
Without a doubt you know more about my past than any other person alive. So allow me to correct a minor detail here.
As we all know, the NYTimes has become the newspaper of the 1% but even in the 70's it was stll very conservative.

The photo was taken by Grant Taylor at miy friends house in the country to escape the phone after the article about group sex came oot. Sheila is behind me to represent the many armed goddess. Thanks for a quick trip in our time machine. And thanks for being my biographer.

Betty Dodson

Betty's Memoir - Print Copies - Live on Amazon

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:41
Submitted by Betty Dodson

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.

How One Courageous Woman Visualized What Sexual Liberation Looks Like

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:11
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Robert Goff wrote this amazing review of Betty's memoir. Love:

"In a life dedicated to celebrating the beauty and physicality of female sexuality, Betty Dodson has daringly employed visual methods, whether in teaching women to look at their own bodies in new ways or pushing at the barriers of censorship by depicting sexual acts in graphic anatomical detail in her drawings and paintings.

So it is fitting that her book, My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir, is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of the author’s own erotic art, as well as with sexually explicit photographs of herself and others.

A Blue Acid Trip

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 15:04
Submitted by Carlin Ross

One of our interns has been photographing the 33 canvasses of Betty's art that we have in storage. Here's the first sample.

This is a painting Betty did of an acid trip gone bad where her boyfriend turned into a skeleton during sex.

Eating My Words

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 13:31
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Finally it happened! For the first time I feel my age in my 84th year on Planet Earth. I had to see a doctor to find out why I was experiencing vertigo that caused me to fall on the sidewalk walking home from dinner last week. I now have two meds to take. One cost $2 and the other cost $4 so I know Big Pharma isn’t getting rich from my drug prescriptions.

I have high blood pressure which I think relates to following the bad news about what’s happening in government thanks to Truthout.org. Every day I promise not to read so much but there I go consuming all of the information about those idiots in Congress we call our representatives. They are absolutely out of touch sexless rich 1% jerks. See there I go again as my blood begins to boil just at the thought of our Government.

Another Love Picture Favorite

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:57
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I had the original Love Picture slides scanned so we can release a line of prints...they're everyone's favorites.

This one is my favorite.  I'm one of the rare women who love 69.  Can you imagine what is was like to be at Betty's Love Picture Exhibition looking at these images in 1968?

When the Right Person Came I was Ready

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 09:57
Submitted by Anonymous

It's been a long time since I posted here. Much has changed. In the past year I've gone from contemplating and attempting suicide to finally finding someone and starting a relationship. For those of you who've read my posts it's even more of a dramatic shift. 

I think my attempt in January freed me from trying and failing to fulfill other people's (mainly my parents) expectations about my life. Those standards, that I couldn't live up to, led me to prepare my attempt. I've never been suicidal in the sense of not wanting to live. Before my attempt I've cried numerous times for things I thought I'd never get to experience. I didn't want to kill myself. I also couldn't imagine any other acceptable solution to my situation.

Betty's Memoir Available for $1.99

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 08:20
Submitted by Carlin Ross

We've been talking about it for months.  The ebook edition of Betty's memoir is finally available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, and the site for $1.99. 

Betty finished writing her memoir back in the 80's - her publisher agreed to release it but only if she made it a novel.  Ala Betty she told them no way and decided to hold on to it until the world was ready for her autobiography. 

Season's Greetings from Dodson & Ross

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 08:20
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Betty:  I'm referring to December and January when I say Seasons Greetings. Now that I'm past obligatory family stuff and simply dealing with a few close friends, these two months are a great time for me. Instead of frantically shopping for gifts and making the party rounds, I actually have time to enjoy reading back New Yorkers, clearing out a closet and rearranging my back room to accommodate a new stationary bike.

Feeling (about) My Orgasm: Question Two for Bodysex

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 09:05
Submitted by Marisa Black
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(photo credit: Eric Francis)

The second of the two questions in our Bodysex circle framed my answers to both. How do I feel about my orgasm? I hadn't considered it before. At least not directly. Do I feel anything specifically about my orgasm? I asked myself. Or do I simply feel my orgasm?

The first question, how I feel about my body, was one I chewed on at length. But mulling how I felt about my orgasm was unfamiliar. Taking my time to consider the questions before, during, and now after the Bodysex filming, has in itself been enlightening.

Bodysex Release by November 16th. DVDs for Xmas

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:42
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I just sent over the final edit changes for Betty Dodson's Bodysex Workshop.  We're releasing it online by November 16th in time for our debut on Norwegian television.  Then, we'll have dvds authored and ready for release by xmas. 

Thank you for your support and donations.  We couldn't have pulled it off without you.  I can't wait to send out the dvds to our Kickstarter donors.  It's more exciting than words can express.

I cry every time I watch it.  It's so moving and I was in the circle.  There isn't a moment that I'm not completely riveted.  One hour and 40 minutes - it just flies by. 

Feeling (about) My Body: Question One for Bodysex

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 07:53
Submitted by Marisa Black
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How do you feel about your body? How do you feel about your orgasm?

These two questions focused and grounded my Bodysex experience into a tangible, personal narrative. They rang in my mind over several months, peaked with the documentary's filming, and have continued clanging since I returned home.

In tandem, the questions bounce off each other. Taken together, they intertwine, snaking into and around the other until they cannot be pulled apart easily.