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

SexPosCon CFP opens July 15!

The second SexPosCon will be in Burbank, CA at Woodbury University February 21-23, 2020. Call for Proposals available July 15-September 15, 2019. The theme of the conference is “Positive Sexuality Encourages Peacemaking”. With the extra day added to the conference we hope to see even more diverse and creative people and presentations.

We are happy to announce our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Billy Strean, Chief Joy Infuser as well as an incredible academic.

Early conference registration will open October 15. We sold out the 2018 conference before it began, so we recommend reserving your space early.

New issue of JPS is available!

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Check out the three new articles now posted from Journal of Positive Sexuality. First, the editors provide an overview of the last four years of publication, including metrics showing the reach of this unique publication. Revised submission guidelines are also provided.

The second article explores how self-identified gay men engage with pornography on several levels. And the last article focuses on an ethnographic study investigating the intersections between BDSM communities and queer spaces in Sweden.

The editors are always looking for interesting, cutting-edge articles about a variety of topics that intersect with positive sexuality. Please send your original manuscripts for review for an upcoming issue.

Vol 5 Iss 1 Coming in March!

Help us celebrate the fourth anniversary of Journal of Positive Sexuality, and the beginning of our fifth year of publication!colorful celebrate

As we await the first issue of this volume, please consider checking the Archive for back issues and articles you may have missed.

You might also be interested in some of our article stats. For example, we’ve increased our article downloads by over 240% since our first issue in 2015. Individual articles are accessed hundreds to thousands a time per year, with an average of over 1100 downloads annually. And, the journal has readers all over the world including: the European Union, Germany, Australia, The Russian Federation, Brazil, China, Pakistan, The Czech Republic, and many more.

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.

JPS looking for New Manuscripts

Did you conduct cutting-edge sex-positive research? Do you have a new theoretical twist that supports positive sexuality? Consider submitting your completed and previously unpublished manuscript to the Journal of Positive Sexuality. This growing online peer-reviewed journal supports diverse, edgy research using various methodologies and from all academic and non-academic disciplines. We encourage professionals, community members, practitioners, and scholars to submit work for review.

After just four years of publication, we’ve covered topics like BDSM, sex dolls, MSM, sex addiction, feminism, sex work, and so many more. We are proud to say that we are not afraid to publish on the topics other sexuality journals stay away from. Our major criteria: your work must show a clear positive sexuality focus, be original, and be readable by those within and outside your field.

Go here for more details on our Submission Guidelines. We accept manuscripts all year and publish 2-3 issues per year. All published manuscripts are free to access by the public, and we do not charge publication fees to authors.

Welcome to our Newest Editor!

Zaedryn Rook (they/them) is a non-binary butch writer who teaches and performs, specializing in sexualities, genders, kinks, and relationships. Zed’s power theory and queer erotica is widely published in anthologies and online, and they have lectured internationally. Under their nom de guerre, they have written at sugarbutch.net since 2006, recognized numerous places as one of the Top Sex Blogs. They are the editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, Erotix: Literary Journal of Somatics, and Best Lesbian Erotica 2019, and the author of a six-book novella series of queer kink erotica, and the short story collection Sweet & Rough. Zed is a co-founder of Body Trust, a collaborative dedicated to the body as a laboratory for transformation. They hold degrees in creative writing and gender and sexuality studies.

JPS Vol 4 Issue 2 now available!

New publications exploring the myth of the history of the vibrator; gender, stress, and BDSM practice; and social and emotional intelligence in BDSM are now available for free at Journal of Positive Sexuality!

More articles are coming later in 2018-early 2019. Get your submissions in now to be considered for publication. There are no fees for publication.

First issue of 2018 now available!

Volume 4 of Journal of Positive Sexuality is now ready and available!

Our first issue of 2018 features three interesting articles. First we have a manuscript from the University of Western Australia that explores the potential for BDSM to instruct the law and others about consent. Next, we have two articles focusing on self-identified vampires. The first of these examines how some sexual vampires use BDSM as a component of their feedings. The other is a case study focusing a specific self-identified vampire and their experiences with disclosing their identity to a physician.

We would like to thank our 2018 co-sponsors:

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA)

Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, SFSU Summer Institute (CREGS)


Meet members of our Journal Editorial Board at the upcoming SexPosCon, May 18-19, 2018.

Research looking for participants

My name is Paulina Ha, and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill,CA. I am conducting a study Asian American’s experience of the BDSM community. If you are over 18, Asian American, and identify as part of the BDSM community, I would like to invite you to participate in my research. Participation involves a 1 hour audio-recorded interview by telephone about your experience of how your cultural identity intersects with your BDSM identity. Your participation will be kept confidential. Participation is purely voluntary, and if you change your mind about participating, you may withdraw at any time. If you are interested in participating, or would like to know more about my study, please contact me at: (657) 215-7024. If you have concerns about this study you may contact the NU/JFKU IRB at: (858) 642-8384 or irb@nu.edu

Volume 3, Issue 3 now available!

The last issue for 2017 is now online! This issue features a position statement opposing the addiction model in relation to sex and pornography from three prominent sex positive organizations: Center for Positive Sexuality, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. There is also an article on the possible physical and emotional benefits of achieving subspace during consensual BDSM.

We are accepting manuscripts for review for the first and second issues of 2018. Please submit your work no later than December 1 for review for the February issue.

Welcome to our new Editor!

Dr. Breanne Fahs from Arizona State University recently joined the Journal of Positive Sexuality Editorial Board. Her publication history of positive sexuality topics encouraged us to reach out, and we are very pleased to have her work with us.

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism.  She has published widely in feminist, social science, and humanities journals and has authored or edited six books: Performing Sex (SUNY Press, 2011), The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2013), Valerie Solanas (Feminist Press, 2014), Out for Blood (SUNY Press, 2016), Transforming Contagion (Rutgers University Press, 2018), and Firebrand Feminism (University of Washington Press, 2018). She is the founder and director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and she also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice where she specializes in sexuality, couples work, and trauma recovery.