85-year-old Betty Dodson’s Masturbation Workshops A Draw For Some Young Feminists

Pic: WillVision (CC)

Pic: WillVision (CC)

These workshops were a big thing back in the seventies, and now they’re coming back into fashion again. (No pun intended. Okay, maybe a little.) Here’s a link to the workshop, just in case.

via Young feminists flock to 85-year-old Betty Dodson’s 70s-style masturbation workshops.

At her first group sex party on the Upper East Side, she admits she was “a typical Virgo at an orgy,” as she nervously removed her new black lace knickers and folded them under a chair.

But now, after 50 years at the frontline of the sexual revolution, Dodson’s work is being rediscovered by a new audience. Some are young, fashionable types who seem to have it all but – she says – have never had an orgasm.

They’re usually too shy to attend the bodysex groups and opt for private sessions; she had a 25-year-old in yesterday for a lesson in self-love. “Poor girl had no idea. Never masturbated as a child.” Dodson says her biggest fans are fourth-wave feminists bored with the right-on, anti-pleasure stance they feel third-wavers stand for; for them, Dodson’s message of rediscovering your power through getting into your body and independent orgasm seems much more attractive than banging on about childcare and sexual violence.

“In the workshop we share our orgasm with the group while being in control of our own clitoris,” she says, explaining that the class consists of a ”genital show-and-tell” followed by masturbation in a circle. Betty has been known to help out with her vibrator.

“No wonder I keep doing it. Are you kidding? The sounds, the sights, the smells. Fat, skinny, one tit gone. Women are so beautiful.”


  • Anarchy Pony

    I’d be waaaaaay too self conscious to do that kind of thing.

  • VaudeVillain

    Damn, she sounds even more bizarrely debauched and jaded than I am, and I have a pseudo-career in watching young women take their clothes off while people hurl lewd comments and crumpled bills at them. If I had a dollar for every time I shouted “tits!” at a group of strangers, I would have a much bigger cut.

  • Juan

    It blows my mind that there are actually women out there that have to be taught to play with themselves. Isn’t that hard wired in all humans, kinda like breathing?

    • Matt Staggs

      I don’t know how that kind of thing works with women. I’ve heard that some have problems.