"Betty Dodson has created a fascinating, beautifully erotic work that is filled with sensitive, thoughtful information and insights." Penthouse magazine
A must-have for your sexuality library is the new paperback edition of Betty Dodson's liberating manifesto, Sex For One: The Joy of Selfloving.
Based on Dodson's self-published 1974 classic, Liberating Masturbation, and first published in 1986, Sex For One has been a steady seller over the last decade as its message reverberates among increasing numbers of women and men who through it have learned to take responsibility of sexual satisfaction into their own hands.
It's fundamental point - indeed, Dodson's fundamental point - is that culturally we're all wet about masturbation, as well as most sex. Even otherwise reasonable people on the subject of selflove, those who acknowledge that it's not a physically debilitating "solitary vice", rarely champion masturbation as a personal and social value. It's just too hard for most of us to drop into normal conversation a line like, "Oh, sure, I beat off all the time."
Not for Betty Dodson. In the faces of centuries of cultural momentum, she came to appreciate the liberating value of selflove, and a generation and a half ago stood up to proclaim loudly that masturbation is good for you. As a result she has endured a lifetime of abusive name-calling and worse. But to her undying credit, Dodson has been strong and wise enough to absorb all the hate, fear and general nonsense on the subject and turn it into positive energy. More than any other single person, Betty Dodson has been responsible for reshaping our cultural thinking on the subject.
This book, so highly personal in its approach, is a document of Dodson's strength, growth, understanding and unfailing good humor. I personally think this is an absolutely essential book, required reading for an adequate education in human sexuality. Even if you think of yourself as an expert on the subject, you'll learn things you didn't know about the safest sex. And you'll get a clear insight into the psyche of one of this century's most intrepid explorers of the self.