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A few weeks ago, I had the extreme pleasure of doing a podcast and interview with a sex ed dream team: trail-blazing octogenarian Betty Dodson and her business partner, Carlin Ross. I was first introduced to Betty as a 1st year graduate student, when we watched her Self Loving group video; I've been in awe of her radical sex ed techniques ever since. As online educators and bloggers, we decided to do a discussion (my first in podcast form, and boy, was this whole thing new to me!) on sex education on the web: the topics we like talking about in our respective blogging and where people can find comprehensive sexuality education online (besides Babeland and DodsonandRoss.com, of course!). The great thing about three women sitting in a room together and talking about sex is the vast differences between how they experience their sexuality and express it to others. It's really inspiring to have such a conversation with amazing experts and learn so much in the process! Thank you to Betty and Carlin! Here is my interview with them:Sarah: Carlin, with your social media skills and online savvy, and Betty, with your incredible background in sex education and unabashed honesty, make a wonderful time. How did you come to work together?Carlin: I interviewed Betty three years ago and less than half way through the interview she looked me dead in the eye, reached her hand across the table, and said, "We're going into business together. Shake on it."I didn't hesitate for a moment, grabbed her hand, and "shook on it." I knew we would would work because that's exactly how I would have handled it. Then throw in my commitment to feminist ideals and we were are a perfect match.Sarah: What are your top three types of questions you receive to the site?Carlin: 1. Am I normal, 2. Did I have an orgasm, and 3. How do I orgasm during sex. First, it's about body image and genital shame then it's about not knowing how to stimulate their bodies or recognize an orgasm.Sarah: What issues in sexuality are you currently excited about about?Carlin: Returning the clitoris to its proper place in terms of female orgasm, so that young women will stop thinking they have to ejaculate to be orgasmic. This has become a big issue. And we know that ejaculation doesn't equal orgasm necessarily. We favor the combination orgasm: clitoral and vaginal stimulation.Sarah: Give an example of a moment when a question you received gave you pause and made you really think about how you would answer.Carlin: The women who wrote in to tell me about new research that there's no such thing as a continuous membrane, i.e. the hymen, that can be broken in one fail swoop by a penis. The information was amazing, see here: "The Hymen Myth."Sarah: What are your plans for the future?Carlin: We're going to shoot an updated version of Self Loving, where we'll film another bodysex group with our bloggers. And we have an iPhone app on the way.Sarah: If you had to give a short, overall goal for your work, what would it be?Carlin: Female sexual liberation. Viva La Vulva!Sarah: What sexuality educators excite you? Who turns you on with their brains?Carlin: We're partial to Heather Corrina at Scarleteen.for your work, what would it be?Carlin: Female sexual liberation. Viva La Vulva!Sarah: What sexuality educators excite you? Who turns you on with their brains?Carlin: We're partial to Heather Corrina at Scarleteen.