Liberation starts with masturbation – Diane Walsh

Betty Dodson has spent nearly four decades liberating sexuality and encouraging everyone, and particularly women, to experience the pleasures of their own genitals. Her bestseller, Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving, has sold more than one million copies in the last 20 years; she is also an artist and a sex educator. Now she is coming to Victoria to present what’s being billed as a “frank, funny and fearless” workshop on orgasms at the Erotica Festival of Film and Arts, May 5.

In preparation, she sat down with Xtra West to talk about sex, the hazards of censoring it, and the revolutionary ideas underlying SM play. Here is an excerpt from that interview.