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, University of California Santa Cruz

Dave Holmes, Forensic Nursing, University of California Irvine

Jennifer A. Vencill, 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

Next volume coming soon!

Volume 5, Issue 2, October 2019

Insights on Conscientious Peacemaking as a Dimension of Positive Sexuality

D J Williams, Lynnette Coto, William B. Strean

  • Brief Description: Key features of peacemaking are discussed as they apply to positive sexuality. The need to apply this to a range of sociosexual problems and issues is emphasized, with some specific examples given.
  • Keywords: positive sexuality, peacemaking, identity politics, sex education, sexual crime

Reactions to Homosexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual Public Displays of Affection

Ashley E. Buck, Kathleene M. Lange, Katey Sackett, John E. Edlund

  • Brief Description: Participant reactions to various public displays of affection (PDA) are evaluated, finding that although participant’s seem comfortable viewing PDA generally, they were least comfortable viewing transgender PDA. Also, multiple measures of homophobic attitudes predicted reactions to PDA involving sexual minorities.
  • Keywords: public displays of affection, homophobia, transgender, sexual minorities

Kink Community Education: Experiential Learning and Communities of Practice

Richard A. Sprott, Carolyn Meeker, Maria O’Brien

  • Brief Description: Experiential learning and community of practice are explored as methods used to leaning about kink. Findings from an educational needs assessment are presented, as well as gender-related differences in motivation and format preferences for learning about kink.
  • Keywords: kink, BDSM, experiential learning, community of practice, learning kink

An Unintended Consequence of Online Directories for People Seeking Sex-Positive Psychotherapists

Karin E. Wandrei

  • Brief Description: A discussion of the potential harm of online directories of psychotherapists who misrepresent their expertise is explored. Recommendations to address this issue and future research are provided.
  • Keywords: sexual minority, gender minority, sex-positive therapy, sex-positive directories

Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2019

Evaluating the State of the Journal: Past Successes and Future Plans

Jeremy N. Thomas, D J Williams, Emily E. Prior

  • Brief Description: In this editorial, the authors discuss the current and future state of Journal of Positive Sexuality, including article and access impact, new submission guidelines, and where the journal is headed.
  • Keywords: journal of positive sexuality, editorial, journal metrics, submission guidelines

Pornography Use by Kinky Gay Men: A Qualitative Approach

Liam Wignall

  • Brief Description: Utilizing interviews with self-identified gay men, the author explores how they engage with pornography on several levels.
  • Keywords: pornography, leisure, sexualities, BDSM, kink, gay men

The Queer Spaces of BDSM and Non-monogamy

Charlotta Carlström & Catrine Andersson

  • Brief Description: BDSM communities in Sweden are the focus of this ethnographic study investigating the intersections between BDSM communities and queer spaces.
  • Keywords: BDSM, non-monogamy, queer spaces

If you have original, unpublished research that fits our Submission Guidelines, please submit your work. We’re always looking for new, cutting-edge ideas that support positive sexuality. All disciplines welcome.

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

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 definition of sexual health.