Meet Eric’s Mentor, Betty Dodson, PhD


Pioneer of the new sex therapy, sex life coaching.

Betty Dodson, artist, author, PhD sexologist, and ten-year sex life coaching mentor to Eric Amaranth, has been one of the principal voices for women’s sexual pleasure and health for over three decades. Betty continues her private practice as a sex life coach in New York City. Visit her on the web at

Dodson had the first one-woman show of erotic art in ’68 in NYC followed by three others. She produced and presented the first feminist slide show of vulvas at the 1973 NOW Sexuality Conference in New York where she introduced the electric vibrator as a pleasure device. For 25 years, she ran Bodysex groups where women learned about their bodies and orgasms through the practice of self-stimulation.

Her first book, Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove (’74) became a feminist classic. Sex for One (’87) sold over a million copies. Orgasms for Two (’02) embraces partner sex.

Most recently she released her memoir recounting the feminist movement and all her sexual experiences – Betty Dodson: My Sexual Revolution.

She has authored numerous articles on the subject of women’s sexual pleasure and orgasm. In 1994, she received a PhD in clinical sexology. Dodson has presented at conferences for sexologists and sex therapists  such as SSSS, AASECT, and SSTAR.

She has been interviewed on prime time cable television shows from the ‘70s to present including The History Channel; The O’Reilly Factor; The View; BET; HBO; Donahue; Sally Jesse Raphael; Geraldo; Joan Rivers; etc. She has been featured in national publications such as O Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy; Playgirl, Penthouse, Ms. Magazine, Bust, Utne Reader, Time Out NY, LA and Chicago.