New York: Bodysex Designs, 1975. Offset. 5 1⁄2 x 8 3⁄4 in. Saddle-stapled. 60 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout text. Very good. Third printing. Item #5784
The early treatise of feminist self-pleasure from Betty Dodson, the fourth-wave feminist sex-educator and popularizer of the Hitachi Magic Wand, who passed away in late 2020.
Heavily illustrated with drawings of vulvas, suggested stretches, and images of mastburatory and partnered sex, the book is the first work to outline Dodson’s sex-positive theories on intimacy and masturbation, as well as her personal experiences and those of other women. A trained artist, she began hosting masturbation workshops as an outgrowth of her erotic art practice. Though vibrators were first manufactured in the late 19th century, advertisements for and production of the machines had largely disappeared by the 1920s. In the 1960s, when Dodson began her workshops, vibrators had largely disappeared; she located the Hitachi Magic Wand and, though she continued to try new ones throughout her lifetime, never found another vibrator she liked more. Dodson died from cirrhosis of the liver in October 2020. This is the third printing of this rare sex education book, printed just a few months after the first.