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

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

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of California Irvine

Jennifer A. Vencill, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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

D. Joye Swan, Psychology, Woodbury University

Katherine Frank, Sociology, University of Nevada Las Vegas

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

Zaedryn Rook, Writing and Editing, Oakland, California

Specialized Consultants:

Deneen L. Hernandez, FBI National Forensics Laboratory

Jay Wiseman, Author and Educator

Volume 4 Issue 2 Available!

Volume 4, Issue 2, August 2018

 Failure of Academic Quality Control: The Technology of Orgasm

Hallie Lieberman, Eric Schatzberg

  • Brief Description: A critical assessment of the source material presented in The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel Maines.
  • Keywords: hysteria, evidence-based research, sex and technology, vibrators

Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI) in BDSM

Eli Pliskin

  • Brief Description: An exploration of how the four-quadrant model by Goleman and colleagues could be used by BDSM practitioners to illustrate how social emotional intelligence skills are used in BDSM.
  • Keywords: SEI, social emotional intelligence, BDSM, four-quadrant model

Gender Effects of BDSM Participants on Self-Reported Psychological Distress Levels

Thea Alvarado, Emily E. Prior, Jeremy N. Thomas, DJ Williams

  • Brief Description: This study examines the connections between perceived stress, gender, and BDSM as a leisure activity that may reduce stress for individuals. This study found statistically significant results that BDSM as leisure reduces stress for females and males, with stress reduction being more significant with females.
  • Keywords: gender, stress, BDSM, power, BDSM as leisure



Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2018

“Unorthodox Rules”: The Instructive Potential of BDSM Consent for Law

Theodore Bennett

  • Brief Description: This paper explores the links between legal models of sexual consent and the mechanisms of BDSM consent.
  • Keywords: sex positive, BDSM, sexual consent, law

Practice and Function of BDSM among Sexual Vampires: A Qualitative Exploration

Suzanne Carre, DJ Williams, Hesperus, Emily E. Prior

  • Brief Description: An exploratory study of self-identified sexual vampires who engage in BDSM.
  • Keywords: BDSM, sexual feeding, sexual vampires

Can I Trust My Physician? A Case Report of Positive Disclosure from a Patient with a Self-Selected Vampire Identity

DJ Williams and Emily E. Prior

  • Brief Description: A case study about a patient’s and physician’s positive experience with disclosure of a marginalized and misunderstood identity.
  • Keywords: vampire, clinical practice, medicine, physician disclosure


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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.