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Betty Dodson, PhD

When I attended a birthday party to celebrate Dell Williams' 90th Birthday, I'd been asked to MC the affair that turned out quite a number of aging feminists as well as a few young ones. My birthday gift to Dell was a copy of the 1974 edition of my first self-published book, Liberating Masturbation: a Meditation on Self-love. Attached to the cover with a paper clip was a crisp new 100 dollar bill. Dell stared at the cover a few moments as her brain struggled to recall until she read my greeting: “Against all odds, you made it to your 90th Birthday. Congratulations! This little book and Eve’s Garden kicked off the feminist sexual revolution!” ... Betty Dodson 

Originally from Kansas, Betty Dodson came to New York City to train as an artist in 1950. She has lived on Manhattan's Madison Avenue since 1962. Dodson's quest for "sexual self-discovery" began in 1965 and 3 years later she held the first one-woman show of erotic art at the Wickersham Gallery in New York City in 1968. Dodson ultimately decided to leave the art world to teach sex to women. She is widely regarded as a pioneer of the women's sexual liberation movement and has sold more than 1 million copies of her first book, Sex for One.