Editorial Board


D J Williams, Criminology, Idaho State University

Emily E. Prior, Sociology, Center for Positive Sexuality


Brad Sagarin, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Associate Editor

D. Joye Swan, Psychology, Woodbury University

Production Editors:

John Edgar Browning, Savannah College of Art and Design

James R. Fleckenstein, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Editorial Board:

Aleah Poncini, Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development

Apryl Alexander, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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

Karen Sabbah, Sociology, Los Angeles Pierce College

Kat Klement, Psychology, Bemidji State University

Liam Wignall, Psychology, Bournemouth 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

Zaedryn Rook, Writing and Editing, Oakland, California

Volume 8, Issue 2 Available Now!

Volume 8, Issue 2, November 2022

Name That Community? Critical Reflections on the Ethics About Disseminating Research into Online Fetish Communities

Frazer Heritage

  • Brief Description: A multidisciplinary exploration of the ethics of online research.
  • Keywords: ethics, online research, academic publishing, research dissemination

Intersectional Masturbation: A Content Analysis on Female Masturbation Studies Through a Sex Positive and Intersectional Lens

Carrie Bohmer, Queen-Ayanna Sullivan, Anyoliny Sanchez, Shemeka Thorpe, Candice Hargons

  • Brief Description: A content analysis spanning 20 years of research on female masturbation, illuminating the lack of intersectionality and sex-positivity.
  • Keywords: Content Analysis, Female, Women, Masturbation, Marginalized Identities, Sex Positivity

A Focus Group Study Exploring Perceptions of Online Hookup App Use Among Heterosexual Women

Lauren N. Maziarz

  • Brief Description: A discussion of themes found from a female college-age focus group on their use and concerns around using dating apps.
  • Keywords: Online Dating Apps, Heterosexual Women, Hookup Culture, Gender Identity

Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2022

#HotGirlScience: A Liberatory Paradigm for Intersectional Sex-Positive Scholarship

Candice N. Hargons & Shemeka Thorpe

  • Brief Description: An invitation to study the fun, sex-positive aspects of Black sexualities and feminisms and a move towards liberation-focus inquiry where pleasure is central.
  • Keywords: positive sexuality, HotGirlScience, Black sexuality, hip hop feminism, hood feminism

Close the Door and Open Your Mind: Advancing Sexual Openness in the Nursing Home

Priscilla Allen

  • Brief Description: Recommendations for research and care support for elderly adults and creating more sex-positive nursing home policies and practices.
  • Keywords: nursing home sexuality, human sexuality, older adults and sex, long-term care facilities, nursing home resident rights

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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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