Editorial Board

Founding Co-Editors-in-Chief:

D J Williams, Social Work and Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality

Associate Editors

Jeremy N. Thomas, Sociology, Idaho State University

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

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

NCSF and CPS Partner on Journal of Positive Sexuality

Non-Profit Outreach Education and Research Organization
 Center for Positive Sexuality is
Pleased to Partner on Journal with National Coalition for Sexual Freedom!

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2016) – On the heels of celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Journal of Positive Sexuality launched in February 2015, the Center for Positive Sexuality teams up with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a known champion of sexual freedoms and privacy rights for all adults engaging in safe, sane, consensual behaviors. With similar visions, but slightly different audiences, the two groups’ messages of sex positivity, consent, education, and acceptance can be shared more broadly.
Center for Positive Sexuality Director of Research Dr. DJ Williams reports, “With this sponsorship the Journal will reach a wider audience and acquire more submissions to publish. This will also improve our research as we’ll have an outlet to promote our studies and surveys. Partnering with NCSF makes sense. They have a broad audience who share similar interests.”

Established in 2007, the Center for Positive Sexuality received 501c3 Non-Profit status in 2013 and has been presenting educational panels to local colleges, universities, and professionals debunking myths and replacing them with truths and lived experiences on range of issues such as kink/BDSM, non-monogamy, sex and aging, sex and disability, gender spectrum, and others.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 by a small group led by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. Today, NCSF has over 50 Coalition Partners made up of groups and businesses who serve BDSM, swing and polyamory practitioners. Over the years, NCSF has formed alliances with other organizations that defend sexual freedom rights: Free Speech Coalition, the ACLU, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance, among others.

In its first year of publication, the open-access Journal of Positive Sexuality published three issues with a total of 12 articles, reaching over 30 countries worldwide.
The Journal of Positive Sexuality is free to access and download, and is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and easy to read (articles are no longer than 8 pages) all from a sex positive lens.

CPS Research Affiliates Hard at Work

What have our Research Affiliates been up to? Check out their more recent publications and find out!

What Do(n’t) American Undergraduate Social Work Students Learn About Sex? A Content Analysis of Sex Positivity and Diversity in Five Popular HBSE Textbooks Critical Social Work, 2016

From Purple Roots to Dark, Sexy, and Diverse: The Past, Present, and Future of Deviant Leisure Leisure Matters: The Present and Future of Leisure Studies, 2016

Getting Off on Sex Research: A Methodological Commentary on the Sexual Desires of Sex Researchers Sexualities, 2016

Leisure Functioning and Offender Rehabilitation: A Correlational Exploration into Factors Affecting Successful Re-entry International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology , 2015

Evangelical Elites’ Anti-Homosexuality Narratives as a Resistance Strategy Against Attribution Effects Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2015

Activating College Men to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Qualitative Evaluation NASPA: Journal about Women in Higher Education, 2015

Art as Mode and Medium: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching and Learning about Self-Reflexivity and Artistic Expression in Qualitative Research International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 2015

JPS Call for Papers

Please consider submitting your unpublished work. Our amazing Editorial Board is waiting to see new, innovative, interesting, sex positive research. Volume II, Issue 1 is scheduled for February 2016. If you would like your manuscript considered for this issue, please submit your work no later than January 15, 2016.

Read our Submission Guidelines and submit your work!

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JPS Vol I Issue 3 now available!

The last issue of 2015 features amazing articles from researchers at Idaho State University, Northern Illinois University, University of Alabama, Old Dominion University, Sam Houston State University, and College of the Canyons.

Topics covered in this issue include BDSM as an orientation, leisure science as it applies to BDSM practice, comparisons between BDSM and extreme rituals, sexual activity and older adults, and challenging dehumanization in US sex offender policy.

As always, these articles are available free of charge and in easy, downloadable PDFs.

Visit http://journalofpositivesexuality.org to read these and other articles.

If You’re Against Sex Work You’re a Bigot

Beautifully written article by Connor Habib: http://www.thestranger.com/features/feature/2015/06/24/22436683/if-youre-against-sex-work-youre-a-bigot

As a follow up I recommend reading Responding to Academic Critiques of Sex Work by our Research Affiliate Dr. Jeremy Thomas: http://journalofpositivesexuality.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Responding-to-Academic-Critiques-of-Sex-Work-Thomas.pdf

New Issue Journal of Positive Sexuality Now Live!

We hope you enjoy the June 2015 issue of Journal of Positive Sexuality. This issue features articles from Kathryn Coleman, MA, M. Candace Christensen, PhD and Stephanie M. Hoover, PhD, and D J Williams, PhD.

Articles cover topics on the need for a social deconstruction and re-humanization of sexuality, working with survivors of sexual violence from a sex-positive perspective, and the need for openness among editors and reviewers in social work to publish research on BDSM.

If you have an original short manuscript you would like to submit for review, please see the Submission Guidelines.

New Articles Coming Soon!

Three new articles have recently been accepted for publication and are now being formatted. Check soon for an essay on the social construction of sexual orientation, a call for practitioners to use a sex positive perspective when helping survivors of sexual assault, and a discussion on the need for social work practice to be more sex positive. Coming soon!

New Editorial Board Members!

Journal of Positive Sexuality is happy to announce the addition of three new Editorial Board members.

Dr. Joye Swan is Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Woodbury University. Dr. Swan’s research looks at sexual risk-taking in intimate relationships as well as perceptions of nonheterosexual and nonmonogamous sexual relationships.

Dr. Kevin Aho is Professor and soon-to-be Department Chair of Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. His scholarship focuses on medical humanities, existentialism, phenomenology, critical feminist theory, and critical analysis of the biomedical model in psychiatry. He is known internationally for his work on the philosophy of Heidegger.
Dr. John Edgar Browning is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Browning has expertise across a wide range of topics, including vampire studies, monster theory, zombies, defiant culture, LGBT studies, queer theory, film studies, digital humanities, and digital media and learning. Dr. Browning is leading scholar on vampires and Dracula studies (I affectionately refer to him as “Dr. Acula”!), and he has published a dozen books on those topics.

Submit! (Your Articles!)

Journal of Positive Sexuality has published the first articles of Volume I, 2015, and we are looking for more! Send your sex-positive articles for possible publication. Submission guidelines available here. Articles should follow APA format and be no more than 6-8 pages, including references. Make them concise, clear, and accessible to professionals other than your discipline. All articles are blind peer-reviewed. We look forward to your submissions!