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:

Aleah Poncini, Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development

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

Breanne Fahs, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

Dan Copulsky, Center for Positive Sexuality

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of California Irvine

Jennifer A. Vencill, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

D. Joye Swan, Psychology, Woodbury University

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Sociology, California State University Northridge

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

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

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

Zaedryn Rook, Writing and Editing, Oakland, California

Specialized Consultants:

Deneen L. Hernandez, FBI National Forensics Laboratory

Jay Wiseman, Author and Educator

Next issue coming this fall!

Call for proposals for SexPosCon closes Sept 30. We would love to see your presentations.

Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2019

Evaluating the State of the Journal: Past Successes and Future Plans

Jeremy N. Thomas, D J Williams, Emily E. Prior

  • Brief Description: In this editorial, the authors discuss the current and future state of Journal of Positive Sexuality, including article and access impact, new submission guidelines, and where the journal is headed.
  • Keywords: journal of positive sexuality, editorial, journal metrics, submission guidelines

Pornography Use by Kinky Gay Men: A Qualitative Approach

Liam Wignall

  • Brief Description: Utilizing interviews with self-identified gay men, the author explores how they engage with pornography on several levels.
  • Keywords: pornography, leisure, sexualities, BDSM, kink, gay men

The Queer Spaces of BDSM and Non-monogamy

Charlotta Carlström & Catrine Andersson

  • Brief Description: BDSM communities in Sweden are the focus of this ethnographic study investigating the intersections between BDSM communities and queer spaces.
  • Keywords: BDSM, non-monogamy, queer spaces


If you have original, unpublished research that fits our Submission Guidelines, please submit your work. We’re always looking for new, cutting-edge ideas that support positive sexuality. All disciplines welcome.

Read our Submission Guidelines and submit your work! Submissions are taken year-round with no specific deadlines, unless specified for particular issues.

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.