Editorial Board


D J Williams, Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality


Jeremy N. Thomas, Sociology, Idaho State University

Associate Editor

Brad Sagarin, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Production Editors:

Karen Sabbah, California State University, Northridge

James R. Fleckenstein, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Editorial Board:

Audrey R. Giles, Anthropology and Leisure Science, University of Ottawa

Breanne Fahs, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

M. Candace Christensen, Social Work, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of Ottawa

Jennifer A. Vencill, Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota

John Edgar Browning, Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

D. Joye Swan, Psychology, Woodbury University

Katherine Frank, Social Sciences, American University

Kevin Aho, Philosophy, Florida Gulf Coast University

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Sociology, California State University at Northridge

Richard Sprott, Executive Director for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

Staci Newmahr, Sociology, Buffalo State College

R. Todd Hartle, Biology and Education, Irvine, California

Wendy Walters, Business Administration, Central Washington University

William B. Strean, Leadership and Physical Education, University of Alberta

Specialized Consultants:

Deneen L. Hernandez, FBI National Forensics Laboratory

Jay Wiseman, Author and Educator

Volume 3 Issue 3 Available!

Volume 3, Issue 3, November 2017

Addiction to Porn/Sex Position Statement

Center for Positive Sexuality, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance


  • Brief Description: Group position statement opposing the addiction model in relation to frequent sexual behavior and pornography viewing.
  • Keywords: sex addiction, porn addiction, CPS, NCSF, TASHRA, AASECT, APA


No Pain, No Gain?: Therapeutic and Relational benefits of Subspace in BDSM Contexts

Dulcinea Pitagora


  • Brief Description: A review of the literature on BDSM interactions, concluding that achieving subspace might result in a reduction of physical and emotion stress in the submissive partner, as well as other benefits.
  • Keywords: BDSM, subspace, submissive, consensual sadomasochism, flow state, altered state of consciousness, ASC

Volume 3, Issue 2, July 2017

Experiences and Perceptions about Social Support among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Tennessee

Chelsea McQueen and Sandra L. Barnes

  • Brief Description: An analysis of the experiences and social support of Black men from Tennessee who have sex with men.
  • Keywords: BMSM, MSM, HIV, AIDS, race, sexual orientation, Black men

The Effect of Attachment Styles on Positive Communication and Sexual Satisfaction in Relationships

Ashley Barnes, Mary Dodson, Benjamin Wood, Heather Thomas, and Claire Kimberly

  • Brief Description: A study of the relationship between early childhood attachment style and adult sexual satisfaction, sexual communication anxiety, and sexual attitudes.
  • Keywords: attachment styles, communication, sexual satisfaction, attachment theory, sexual attitudes

Sex Dolls – Creepy or Healthy?: Attitudes of Undergraduates

David Knox, Stacy Huff, and I. Joyce Chang

  • Brief Description: A review of undergraduates’ attitudes around the use, ownership, and range of sex dolls.
  • Keywords: sex dolls, sex with robots, intimacy, humanoid robot, sex toy

Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2017

“You’re Doing God’s Work”: Reflections on Sex Ed

Mary Rachel Gould and Daniel Makagon

A transcript of the audio file is included as an appendix to the above PDF article. The audio file can be found at the end of the article listings.

  • Brief Description: A discussion about the use of the audio-documentary as a means to deliver sex positive information and education.
  • Keywords: sex ed, vlog, audio documentary, podcast, sex positive documentary, sex work

Social Work Practice with Clients that Enjoy Participation in Consensual BDSM: Identifying and Applying Strengths

D J Williams, Jeremy N. Thomas, Emily E. Prior, Christina Amezquita, and Dominee Hall

  • Brief Description: Social workers and other helping professionals can better serve members of BDSM communities when they understand the strengths these individuals bring with them.
  • Keywords: BDSM, communication, resiliency,self-care, strengths-approach, social work

Anal Sexual Practices among Undergraduate Students

Cristinia Molinares, Irina Kolobova, and David Knox

  • Brief Description: An exploration of the motivations behind why heterosexual undergraduate students engage in anal sex.
  • Keywords: anal sex, heterosexual college students, anal intercourse

Audio file for “You’re Doing God’s Work”:

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The Journal of Positive Sexuality

Aim and Scope: The Journal of Positive Sexuality is an online peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on all aspects of positive sexuality as described in the Center for Positive Sexuality purpose statement. The journal is multidisciplinary and is designed to be accessible and beneficial to a large and diverse readership, including academics, policymakers, clinicians, educators, and students.

Specifically, positive sexuality acknowledges the importance of sexual diversity; the multitude of sexual identities, orientations, and practices; the need for open and safe communication and education concerning all aspects of sexuality; empowerment of sexual minorities; and collaboration to help resolve sexual problems within society. Sex positivity is consistent with the World Health Organization definition of sexual health.