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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publications; New Ed edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517886073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517886076
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Betty Dodson, Ph.D., received her doctorate in sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and has been a public advocate for sexual liberation for more than three decades. Dr. Dodson lectures extensively and is regularly featured in the media as a respected sex expert. She lives in New York City.

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Enlightening,motivational,and inspirational! I can honestly say that this book changed my life! Yes really. I know that many books carry these review comments,but I really do mean this. I bought this book through sheer desperation, being single and feeling permanently guilty about my own needs and my inability to describe them with anyone had left me feeling miserable and isolated. This book was a major turning point for me as an adult.
Having struggled for years with a combination of personal issues,I now feel comfortable with the subject of masturbation. For far too many years this has been such a taboo subject, something considered to be the province of only the lonely the sad or the desperate,and that any who indulge themselves need help.
This book is truly refreshing insight into what is after all an essential part of our sexual development. For many women the ability to reach orgasm is difficult not to mention frustrating and,being able to masturbate can help them to find out more about how their own bodies tick,and yet we still live in a society where we are led to believe that 'nice' girls don't touch themselves.

Dodson goes on to describe the different attitudes that men and women both have regarding masturbation,and teaches us how to truly express our own needs and to be able to convey this to ourselves and our partners. This is a very worthwhile read for anyone regardless of your age, gender or status.It might even help some relationships where masturbation is an issue.

I will admit that there are some parts of the book that don't appeal to me, for instance masturbating in a group in a nursing home in old age,that isn't me at all. But that is a very personal opinion,the vast majority of it is awe inspiring,and extremely helpful.
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I know this sounds very corny, but Betty's book was truly a life-changing experience for me. A woman at the age of 48, I had never experienced orgasm and was on a downward track sexually in my marriage. I devoured Betty's book, appreciating her complete candor and honesty about sex. I finally realized that sexual satisfaction and ecstacy are everyone's birthright, including me. A year after reading Self-Loving, I have lost 20 pounds, am feeling like a teenager with my husband, and can finally say "I love myself!" Thank you, Betty.
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By A Customer on 22 May 2001
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Although I didn't wholly go along with all the ideas and techniques outlined in the book (for example discussing the sexual virtues of courgettes with complete strangers in supermarkets!), I found the book to be very positive. Having read the book I feel liberated and that my partner and I have definitely gained from the experience!!
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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 1999
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I expected a "how-to" style book, explaining techniques and tricks for getting yourself off. You can get that out of it, but there's more to this book. With new understandings about sexuality and about yourself, you may have more fun with a partner and alone. As the author writes a lot about her personal experience, it is geared more towards women, but I'd recommend this book to men also.
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By A Customer on 14 July 1998
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Dodson's book stands out in a field clogged with sex manuals which overstress partnered sex. It is difficult to be a good lover to a partner without an intimate understanding of one's own desires, likes, dislikes, gray areas, fantasies, and physiologies. As a sex educator, I highly recommend this text.
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I used to be ashamed of masturbating. I thought of it as a sin...and something that that I would be punished for.After reading this book, I know now that I had nothing to be afraid of. I am in a loving relationship, but selfloving has given me a whole new out look in life. I love my boyfriend deeply and I think our relationship is much strong because I am more confident about my techniques andI feel less conscious about my body. Even if a woman doesn't masturbate, she should read this book. Maybe it will give women more self confidence about themselves.
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Yep, it's an oldie! Not by any means what it says on the cover, but still well worth a read. What we really.really want is a manual on the M word, not sexual liberation (which still has not arrived) Please respect the authors plea for freedom from prudishness (which modern feminists seem to have embraced) Don't view it as a manual but as a wake up call to what we may be missing! The Pony thinks this is well worth the money!!
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A fascinating read. Worth all of us reflecting on. Betty is a pioneer of sorts and it is great that she has managed to write this book and do all the interesting, important work that she does. Have a read man or woman.
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