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Betty Dodson's Bodysex Workshop DVD


Running Time 94 minutes. Bonus Features 20 minutes. DVD is region free, NTSC

This DVD is also available on Amazon.

Betty held her bodysex workshops for over 25 years - they grew out of the consciousness raising groups feminists started in the 1970's.  Women would gather together and talk first person about their personal lives. 

Betty took it one step further and had women talk about their sex lives.  It's how she learned that most women had genital shame and didn't know how to stimulate themselves to orgasm.

Weaving A Web Of Sisterhood

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:13
Submitted by Natasha

The night before last weekend’s Bodysex retreat began, I laid down on the rug in the centre of the circle — inhaling the smells of body oil and beeswax — and felt the familiar sensation of being home. If I don’t feel safe to be myself in a circle of women, where in the world would I feel safe?

Pleasure is the Real Power

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:23
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Knowing that this past weekend's workshop would be our last shifted something in a very important way - both for us and the women in the circle. If I had to choose one word to describe the weekend, it would be reverance.

I felt a heaviness heading into the weekend, the anticipation of emotion and possible regret. And we'd decided to let the doc crew film our morning together as we set up the room and had breakfast so I had to be camera-ready and "on". Whenever we shoot, I'm always conscious that someone decades from now - maybe even a century - will stumble upon the clip. I want Betty's work to be properly represented. I want to get it all right. I want my words to have meaning.

My Orgasms Were Real But Was My Story?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:45
Submitted by Anonymous
original painting Betty Dodson

I read your recent posts about transformation, a new chapter for you both and it resonated with me. I had been reflecting on the past 6 months since attending body sex and I would like to share my thoughts with you.

When I came back from New York not only was I exhausted, I was really confused. The experience was layered with contradicting experiences. I was elated to have met one of my greatest inspirations and to have shared orgasms with an amazing group of women but I had a big question looming about how honest I was.

I questioned myself for several weeks about my authenticity. My orgasms were real but was my story?

From Nun to Bodysex Leader

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:10
Submitted by Laurie Joy

There is NOTHING more beautiful, healing and exhilarating than a Bodysex Workshop.

I facilitated my first one today, a baby step that was a Quantum Leap for me personally and for Puritanical New England. Almost a year ago this 64 year old former nun, with life-long “pleasure anxiety” attended a Bodysex Workshop in NYC with Betty Dodson.

Every Individual is Entitled to Pleasure

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 08:28
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Below is an email from a beautiful woman who took our last workshop *tingles*

I am still processing Bodysex. Still shaking my head in disbelief, marveling at all the beauty and courage within that circle. The depth of what I took away from the experience still confounds me. This started out as a thank you note to Betty and Carlin but then I thought, why not thank everyone? After all, it was the sense of sisterhood that made this so special.

Negative misconceptions born from the cultural double standard had darkened my perception of sex and my body. Bodysex taught me something so simple and yet absolutely fundamental; every individual is entitled to pleasure…and I’m convinced there was no better way to learn it.

I Needed Bodysex

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:46
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Heading into this past weekend's workshop, I felt like this would be the last group of Betty's career, the last group we ran together. After a West Coast book tour and several private sessions, Betty was wiped out. I've never seen her tired before and it was sobering. Sometimes we forget that Betty is 88 years old. She has to retire at some point, doesn't she?

Trump's election was the icing on the cake of my despair. I felt defeated. I felt depressed. I felt beaten by hate and overwhelmed by the thought of this man - the posterboy for intolerance and misogyny - leading our nation.

I needed Bodysex.

Is Independent Orgasm for Women Really Such a Big Deal?

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:11
Submitted by Carlin Ross

There's a part of me that questions the significance of Bodysex. Betty and I go back and forth wondering if we "drank the koolaid". Is independent orgasm for women really such a big deal? Running the groups has been a personal challenge, it's challenged our partnership but, after a workshop like this past weekend's, we know that the work is profound.

If I had to choose one word to describe this workshop, it would be thoughtful. All the women were so composed and reflective during group share. When someone reveals their most painful memory or hidden secret, the trust between everyone in the circle intensifies. The generosity of spirit in this group touched us. We felt honored to have been able to create a safe space for personal healing.

Getting Naked Helped Us Heal

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 08:06
Submitted by Julia Emerald

As I sat down to write about Bodysex last week, I noticed the last lily bud from centerpiece flowers beginning to open.

I feel like that lily bud. Both attending and facilitating Bodysex has opened me so much and this workshop was no exception. It infused me with the strength to unfurl my wings in new and deeper ways.

All of our inner-buds unfurled to reveal beauty long held inside but kept private. When the world doesn't understand sexual pleasure as healthy and normal, even the most empowered woman feels at times she must hide herself to spare the judgment of a shaming world.

"Seven Eager Ladies Put the Metal to the Petal"

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 15:08
Submitted by Carlin Ross

NY Mag sent a reporter to our last bodysex workshop.  Betty was nervous but I talked her into it.  The article is live - Rose covered it all: the genital show & tell ritual...the importance of clitoral stimulation with vaginal penetration...Betty's rock 'n roll orgasm technique.  Here's my favorite part:

Entering a Space Filled with the Energy of Women Present in Their Bodies & Tuning into Their Own Desires Nourished Me

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 14:53
Submitted by Carlin Ross

One of the women from our last bodysex group sent me this email *sigh*:

I woke up this morning wishing that I was heading to our Bodysex workshop. All week I've been writing and re-writing an email to you - trying to capture my experience last weekend and to express my gratitude to you and Betty for running this group again. I realize now that anything I could say about the workshop, you already know... To be part of the group is to experience a profound sense of warmth and community - I guess Betty would call it sisterhood.

I Can't Wait for Our Next Group

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:22
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Hurricane Sandy decided to crash our bodysex workshop. Three women had to cancel because they didn't want to get stuck in New York. We were down to six women - eight total with Betty and me in the circle. I decided not to listen to one more weather report...we were going to move forward with the workshop.

This group was going to be unique. A writer from New York magazine heard we were having a workshop and pitched the idea of writing an article about her experience. They bit. Betty freaked. I lobbied...Betty consented (that's kind of how most things happen at D&R).

Wonderful Cohesion of Essential Sexual Truth-Telling, Spontaneous Humor...Pure Joy & Genuine Eroticism

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 15:43
Submitted by Carlin Ross

My eyes filled up with tears as I read this fan letter.  We put everything we had into Betty Dodson's Bodysex Workshop.  So happy:

Dear BAD,

I got your "Bodysex Workshop" video a few weeks ago just before we left for a two week vacation in Cuba (the land of Che & Fidel, revolutionaries in another realm). So we set video aside to watch when we got back.

It Took Me 77 Years to Find Her

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 08:32
Submitted by Betty Dodson

I just got this email that Carlin sent to all the women in our Bodysex documentary. It's a perfect example of how fortunate I am to have the kind of real caring quality she brings to D&R:

"We're working on the second film and today I watched your interviews. I'm so fucking proud of all of you. Looking back on the project, I was afraid that we missed some critical points - no, my women were right there. You were all amazing.

Sheila - oh my god, you are so beautiful on camera. Hearing you talk about meeting Betty...not having any sex ed...wanting to be thinner as a young girl just touched me. And then you brought it back to Grant which was so important.

My First Bodysex Viewing Party

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 11:36
Submitted by Marisa Black

With the lights dimmed, I sat at the back of the room. Flickering light and shadow were flung across the faces of eight women sitting on couches and chairs in an arc around the screen. It was my first time watching Bodysex with anyone other than my partner.