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

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.

Volume 3, Issue 2 now available!

New original articles! Read about the experiences and support of Tennessee Black men who have sex with men, how our early attachments may affect our later sexual relationships, and how undergraduates feel about the ownership and use of sex dolls.

Taking submissions of original, unpublished manuscripts for the fall issue! For this special themed issue, we are looking for research critiquing sex and porn addiction models. Check our Submission Guidelines for details. Deadline for the fall issue is August 31.


Call for Papers – Critiquing Sex and Porn Addiction Models

For our Fall issue of Journal of Positive Sexuality, we are specifically looking for manuscripts that critique sex and porn addiction. All manuscripts should be submitted no later than August 1 for review. Shorter manuscripts are preferred, but we will accept some longer articles. Please read our Submission Guidelines for more details.

Volume 3, Issue 1 of JPS now available!

Volume 3 of Journal of Positive Sexuality has arrived!  Check out what’s on the menu:
Our first article is accompanied by an audio piece and explores the audio-documentary format as an ideal way to deliver in-depth, intimate and informative sex positive discussion.  Sex focused videos, even educational ones, often have titillating elements.  Audio is less intrusive and less sensational and thus the ideal medium to bring transformative storytelling to sex positive conversation and education.
The second article addresses the paucity of understanding around BDSM practices in clinical social work.  Social workers are doing their clients a disservice, and possibly even harm, by equating BDSM with mental illness or trauma.  Conversely, social workers can also fail to notice skills present in their clients (communication, resiliency and self-care) which are present in BDSM practices and would facilitate work in the helping profession.
Our third article surveys the occurrences and motivations of heterosexual anal sex among young adults.  Heterosexual anal sex has been rising in public consciousness in recent years and with it, more people are choosing to incorporate it into their sexual experiences.  This study analyzes the social variables and motivations of undergraduates who practice heterosexual anal sex.

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Today is the second anniversary of Journal of Positive Sexuality. Many thanks to our incredible, internationally renowned editorial board.We’re always interested in innovative, sex positive manuscripts. Please check our submission guidelines. Our third volume is coming soon!

JPS Vol 2 Issue 3 Now Available!

The Editors of Journal of Positive Sexuality are happy to post the final issue for this year. This special issue contains a few longer articles. Enjoy exploring sexual vampire feeding, BDSM pre-scene negotiation, scene-drop after BDSM play, and what college students think about threesomes. A great way to end the year!

We are taking submissions for the first issue of 2017. Check the submission guidelines and get your original, sex positive manuscript in!

Many thanks to our amazing Editorial Board for a fabulous second year!

JPS Email Subscribers

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JPS Editing New Issue!


Journal of Positive Sexuality is currently editing the next issue, coming in November. This special issue will feature a few longer (15+ pages) articles, as well as our standard shorter manuscripts. Thanks to the support of CARAS and NCSF, we have been able to expand the Journal and our readership.

We review articles year-round, so if you have research with a positive sexuality slant that fits our submission guidelines, please send it in. We consider manuscripts from all disciplines, qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as other types of writing. Manuscripts are blind peer-reviewed by experts in the discipline.

JPS Vol 2 Issue 2 Published!

Thanks to our amazing editorial team, we have some hot articles for you this summer!

Read a fascinating case study on the application of habanero pepper during a BDSM scene featuring male urethral sounding, learn about gender bias within neuroimaging sexuality research, and reexamine your perspective on time in connection to relationships.

Please consider submitting your unpublished work. Our amazing Editorial Board is waiting to see new, innovative, interesting, sex positive research. The next publication date is November and will be featuring a few longer (15+ pages) articles. Please have longer manuscripts submitted for review no later than August 1.

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

JPS Vol 1 Issue 2 coming soon!

Our managing editors are currently working on the upcoming issue of Journal of Positive Sexuality. We have some amazing and edgy articles to present.

We are also accepting manuscript submissions for November’s issue. This special issue will include a few longer articles. Please check our submission guidelines carefully. Manuscript submissions for the November issue should be submitted no later than August 1 for review.