Editorial Board


D J Williams, Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality


Jeremy N. Thomas, Sociology, Idaho State University

Brandy Simula, Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology (incoming Edtor-in-Chief)

Associate Editors

Brad Sagarin, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Liam Wignall, Psychology, Bournemouth University

Shani Habibi, Psychology, Mount Saint Mary's 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

Daniel Copulsky, University of California Santa Cruz

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of Ottawa

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

John Edgar Browning, Savannah College of Art and Design

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

New articles now!

Enjoy the final issue of 2020. We have so many exciting manuscripts coming for the 2021 publication year.

Volume 6, Issue 2, December 2020

Girlfags and Guydykes: “Too Queer for Straights and too Straight for Queers” Siri Lindqvist, Charlotta Carlström

  • Brief Description: Using Sexual Configurations Theory, the authors evaluate the experiences of self-identified “girlfags” and “guydykes”, openings more conversations about gender and sexual identities, and highlights the need for more research on transgender issues.
  • Keywords: girlfag, guydyke, gender identity, queer, gay, homosexuality, non-normative, sexual minorities, transgender

Beyond Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Navigating Risk and Consent Online for Kinky Gay and Bisexual Men Liam Wignall

  • Brief Description: The author discusses risk and consent among kinky gay and bisexual men who are negotiating and organizing private meetings using online platforms.
  • Keywords: BDSM consent, kink, online, risk

The Structure of Kink Identity: Four Key Themes Within a World of Complexity Jules Vivid, Eliot M. Lev, RIchard A. Sprott

  • Brief Description: An exploration attempting to answer the question: “What is the structure of kink identity?” Four key themes are found: sex, power, headspace, and community, with many subthemes as well.
  • Keywords: BDSM, kink, kink identity, community, power role, fetish, erotic power

Partner Selection, Power Dynamics, and Mutual Care Giving in Long-term Self-defined BDSM Couples Bert Cutler, Ellen M. Lee, Nadine Cutler, Brad J. Sagarin

  • Brief Description: A discussion about long-term BDSM couples and how it is possible, with negotiation and communication, for these types of relationships to stand the test of time.
  • Keywords: BDSM couples, power dynamic, long-term relationships, leather community

Volume 6, Issue 1, April 2020

Release Within Confinement: An Alternative Proposal for Managing the Masturbation of Incarcerated Men in U.S. Prisons Sam D. Hughes

  • Brief Description: A discussion of the various policies regarding masturbation among incarcerated men in the U.S. and how such policies are not evidence-based but are unjustly punitive and sex-negative in nature, doing more harm than good.
  • Keywords: masturbation bans, prison environments, incarceration policy

Contributions to Positive Sexuality from the Zen Peacemakers Eli Pliskin

  • Brief Description: A description of how the eight dimensions of positive sexuality correlate with the philosophy and practice of Zen Peacemaking, offering some practical applications that may be personally and/or professionally useful.
  • Keywords: positive sexuality, zen peacemaking, eight dimensions

Extreme Sex-Negativity: An Examination of Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Misattribution of Blame Among “Incel” Multiple Homicide Offenders D J Williams, Michael Arntfield

  • Brief Description: An examination of some incel (involuntary celibate) multiple homicide offenders and how socio-cultural sex-negativity might contribute to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that in some cases leads to extreme acts of violence
  • Keywords: incel, homicide offenders, sex-negativity, misogyny

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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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