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

JPS Volume 10 Issue 1 available!

Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2024

Creating Lasting Love: An Ethnographic Study of Sexual Pleasure, Intimacy and Contraception
Victoria Boydell

  • Brief Description: How contraceptive use and choices are intertwined with how women assess and relay concerns about intimacy.
  • Keywords: contraceptive decision-making, pleasure, intimacy, London, ethnography

Directness of Communication Mediates Sexual Satisfaction: What We Can Learn from a Positive View of BDSM Practice
Anabel Carty and Adam Davidson

  • Brief Description: A study on the positive association between BDSM participation and sexual satisfaction, showing the vital role open and honest communication plays.
  • Keywords: BDSM, Communication, Kink, Positive Sexuality, Sexual Satisfaction

My Body Under Capitalism: Resisting the Whore Stigma
Jenny Hedley

  • Brief Description: A creative critical essay on the structural mechanisms and invisible biases that allow gendered violence and the whore stigma to flourish.
  • Keywords: sex work, consent, objectification theory, sexual assault, creative writing

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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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