Editorial Board


D J Williams, PhD, Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, MA, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality


D. Joye Swan, PhD, Psychology, Woodbury University

Associate Editor:

Production Editors:

John Edgar Browning, PhD, Savannah College of Art and Design

James R. Fleckenstein, BA, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Editorial Board:

Aleah Poncini, Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development (Australia)

Apryl Alexander, PsyD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Brad Sagarin, PhD, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Daniel Copulsky, ABD, University of California Santa Cruz

Dave Holmes, PhD, Forensic Nursing, University of Ottawa

Jennifer A. Vencill, PhD, Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Karen Sabbah, MA, Sociology, Los Angeles Pierce College

Kat Klement, PhD, Psychology, Bemidji State University

Liam Wignall, PhD, Psychology, Bournemouth University

Richard Sprott, PhD, Executive Director for The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA)

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

Zaedryn Rook, Writing and Editing, Oakland, California

Volume 9, Issue 2 Available!

Volume 9, Issue 2, December 2023

Becoming Myself: Authenticity as a Pathway Toward Well-Being for Sexual Minority Populations
Kriti Jain

  • Brief Description: Literature review focusing on authenticity as a protective factor for sexual minority individuals.
  • Keywords: sexual minority, authenticity, well-being, LGBT+

Kink and BDSM Awareness in Sex Offense Treatment
Apryl A. Alexander, Emma Sower, Bronwyn Neal, Alexis Schmader

  • Brief Description: Case study of a client mandated for sex offense treatment and discussion of integrating a sex-positive perspective about kink and BDSM with this population.
  • Keywords: BDSM, kink, sexuality, sexual offending, sex offense treatment, sex-positivity

"Best Sex He'd Ever Had!": A Qualitative Analysis of "Most Amazing" Pegging Experiences
DJ Williams, Lynnette Coto

  • Brief Description: Qualitative study focused on cis-women/females' and cis-men/males' experiences with pegging.
  • Keywords: anal sex, leisure, optimal experience, pegging

Volume 9, Issue 1, June 2023

Three Tips for Publishing Your Paper in the Journal of Positive Sexuality
Brad Sagarin

  • Brief Description: Advice on the publication process, including revisions, cover letter, and how to respond to negative reviews.
  • Keywords: publication, revise and resubmit, rejection, journal submission

So You Want to Run a Sexuality Research Lab: Ethical Issues and Recommendations
Kathryn R. Klement

  • Brief Description: Recommendations on how to manage an ethical sexuality research lab.
  • Keywords: ethics, ethical dilemmas, field studies, research lab management, sexuality research

Perceptions of Young Women Who Engage in Anal Sex: A Sociological Inquiry
James Pickles, Julia Hirst, Chloe Froggatt, Megan Kenny

  • Brief Description: Qualitative study on why women engage in anal sex, women's bodies and gendered agency, and sexual literacy.
  • Keywords: anal sex, young women, sexual health, sex and relationships education, sexual literacy, agency

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’s definition of sexual health.

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