Rest in Power: Betty Dodson, Who Continues to Inspire Us to Own the Joy of Our Bodies

Iconic feminist sex educator Betty Dodson—the godmother of female masturbation—passed away late last year at the age 91.

When I interviewed many of the women who had known her, and were truly inspired by her over the years, it became apparent to me that she had always been this force of nature, so powerful in her enthusiastic embrace of a woman’s innate right to own her erotic power that she convinced her own mother to pose naked for her at the beginning of her career as an erotic artist.

Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health—a Historic First for Transgender People

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, Levine would be the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history.

Levine’s appointment sends a strong message that the administration intends to reverse course on what advocates say has been four years of war against LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration.