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Betty Dodson’s advice? Keep your hands to yourselves, ladies.

I’ve barely got my coat off before Betty Dodson, the New York sex educator, sets precisely the frank, ribald tone she has become renowned for. Dodson is 90, but has, I tell her truthfully, the skin of a woman at least 30 years younger. “Well,” she declares, matter-of-factly, “I smoke and I drink and I masturbate. I’m a hopeless masturbator.

“Nobody factors in pleasure for health,” she continues. “But if you’re not having fun, you’re not going to be healthy.” Quite.

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