The Betty Dodson Orgasm Project

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What is orgasm? Over 100 women volunteered to record their answers to a series of questions to describe their orgasm and masturbation experiences. Their responses are fascinating and informative.

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Anonymous Age 33: She had her first full body orgasm at 33 during Bodysex.  Her orgasm feels different every time.  It starts in her lower back as heat and her whole body breaks out in a sweat.  Sometimes it feels like a full release.  Bodysex validated her story of past abuse and forged a new path to pleasure.  Masturbation is self-love and self-care.

Anonymous Age 30: She had her first orgasm at 4 or 5 humping stuffed animals.  Her orgasm feels like waves inside her body and each feels different.  Her clitoris is the most sensitive part of her vulva.  Watching the Bodysex film freed her from shame and shift her concept of masturbation to sacred self-loving.  Be gentle and love yourself first.

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Art by Betty Dodson

"I learned other ways to masturbate. Masturbation continues to support me in learning more."

Anonymous Age 44: She had her first orgasm in kindergarten lying on her stomach.  Her orgasms feel different – like scratching a mosquito bite.  It took time to overcome shame.  She connected to the pillow fuck in Bodysex which provided the pressure she needs to orgasm.  Everyone has a right to orgasm.

Holly Andrews Age 53: Holly had her first orgasm in first grade humping her stuffed animals and letting water from the bathtub faucet run over her clitoris.  Orgasm feels like an expansion where the world stops in a good way.  Her orgasms feel different and she’s not attached to the outcome.  Orgasm is your birthright.

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Art by Betty Dodson

"I'll probably masturbate after this because talking about orgasms makes you horny ."

Anonymous Age 46: Her first memory of orgasm was rubbing her clitoris on her swing set.  Each orgasm feels different – she can experience orgasm without touching her vulva.  She reconnected to her orgasm at 38 after living through marital rape.  Infidelity helped her take ownership of her sexuality.  Sex was her liberator.  Once you let go of shame, orgasm is amazing.

Megan Jenkins Age 41: Megan had her first orgasm in her mid-30’s at a Bodysex workshop lead by Natasha. Her orgasm feels like a complete release.  She struggled with an eating disorder and lots of shame.  She believes pleasure can change the world and change the dichotomy of sex.

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Shannon Schultz Age 47: Shannon’s first memory of orgasm was in the bathtub letting the water from the faucet run over her clitoris.  Her orgasm feels like an opening of all doors.  Each feels different and she always wants more.  Partner sex helped her take ownership of her sexuality.  Explore your body and pleasure – don’t wait quietly.  Own your pleasure.

Terrah Graves Age 34: Terrah’s first memory of pleasure was at 2 or 3 rubbing her clitoris and experiencing a tingly feeling.  She had a sex positive mom but felt pressure to please men after spending time with her womanizing father.  Bodysex was the catalyst to find her sexual expression.  Sex is playful, fun and pleasure is a gift.  Stop performing for men and faking your orgasms.

Art by Betty Dodson

Art by Betty Dodson

"[Touching myself] helps me connect with my body, with myself, and calms me down."

Anonymous Age 43: Her first memory of orgasm was at 16 during masturbation.  Her orgasm makes her feel connected to herself.  Her father would talk with her about sex and masturbation was supported in her home.  Sometimes orgasm alone feels better than with a partner.  

Anonymous Age 40: Having a private session with Betty was a life-changing experience.  She discovered she had an art deco vulva and experienced her first orgasm.  Her orgasm feels like a complete release.  She would tell her younger self – you’re not broken.  Walk away if you don’t feel good.  Find Betty.  Spread the word to other women. 

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