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

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

JPS Vol 4 Issue 2 now available!

New publications exploring the myth of the history of the vibrator; gender, stress, and BDSM practice; and social and emotional intelligence in BDSM are now available for free at Journal of Positive Sexuality!

More articles are coming later in 2018-early 2019. Get your submissions in now to be considered for publication. There are no fees for publication.

First issue of 2018 now available!

Volume 4 of Journal of Positive Sexuality is now ready and available!

Our first issue of 2018 features three interesting articles. First we have a manuscript from the University of Western Australia that explores the potential for BDSM to instruct the law and others about consent. Next, we have two articles focusing on self-identified vampires. The first of these examines how some sexual vampires use BDSM as a component of their feedings. The other is a case study focusing a specific self-identified vampire and their experiences with disclosing their identity to a physician.

We would like to thank our 2018 co-sponsors:

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA)

Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, SFSU Summer Institute (CREGS)


Meet members of our Journal Editorial Board at the upcoming SexPosCon, May 18-19, 2018.

Research looking for participants

My name is Paulina Ha, and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill,CA. I am conducting a study Asian American’s experience of the BDSM community. If you are over 18, Asian American, and identify as part of the BDSM community, I would like to invite you to participate in my research. Participation involves a 1 hour audio-recorded interview by telephone about your experience of how your cultural identity intersects with your BDSM identity. Your participation will be kept confidential. Participation is purely voluntary, and if you change your mind about participating, you may withdraw at any time. If you are interested in participating, or would like to know more about my study, please contact me at: (657) 215-7024. If you have concerns about this study you may contact the NU/JFKU IRB at: (858) 642-8384 or irb@nu.edu

Volume 3, Issue 3 now available!

The last issue for 2017 is now online! This issue features a position statement opposing the addiction model in relation to sex and pornography from three prominent sex positive organizations: Center for Positive Sexuality, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. There is also an article on the possible physical and emotional benefits of achieving subspace during consensual BDSM.

We are accepting manuscripts for review for the first and second issues of 2018. Please submit your work no later than December 1 for review for the February issue.

Welcome to our new Editor!

Dr. Breanne Fahs from Arizona State University recently joined the Journal of Positive Sexuality Editorial Board. Her publication history of positive sexuality topics encouraged us to reach out, and we are very pleased to have her work with us.

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism.  She has published widely in feminist, social science, and humanities journals and has authored or edited six books: Performing Sex (SUNY Press, 2011), The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2013), Valerie Solanas (Feminist Press, 2014), Out for Blood (SUNY Press, 2016), Transforming Contagion (Rutgers University Press, 2018), and Firebrand Feminism (University of Washington Press, 2018). She is the founder and director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and she also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice where she specializes in sexuality, couples work, and trauma recovery.

Volume 3, Issue 2 now available!

New original articles! Read about the experiences and support of Tennessee Black men who have sex with men, how our early attachments may affect our later sexual relationships, and how undergraduates feel about the ownership and use of sex dolls.

Taking submissions of original, unpublished manuscripts for the fall issue! For this special themed issue, we are looking for research critiquing sex and porn addiction models. Check our Submission Guidelines for details. Deadline for the fall issue is August 31.


Call for Papers – Critiquing Sex and Porn Addiction Models

For our Fall issue of Journal of Positive Sexuality, we are specifically looking for manuscripts that critique sex and porn addiction. All manuscripts should be submitted no later than August 1 for review. Shorter manuscripts are preferred, but we will accept some longer articles. Please read our Submission Guidelines for more details.

Volume 3, Issue 1 of JPS now available!

Volume 3 of Journal of Positive Sexuality has arrived!  Check out what’s on the menu:
Our first article is accompanied by an audio piece and explores the audio-documentary format as an ideal way to deliver in-depth, intimate and informative sex positive discussion.  Sex focused videos, even educational ones, often have titillating elements.  Audio is less intrusive and less sensational and thus the ideal medium to bring transformative storytelling to sex positive conversation and education.
The second article addresses the paucity of understanding around BDSM practices in clinical social work.  Social workers are doing their clients a disservice, and possibly even harm, by equating BDSM with mental illness or trauma.  Conversely, social workers can also fail to notice skills present in their clients (communication, resiliency and self-care) which are present in BDSM practices and would facilitate work in the helping profession.
Our third article surveys the occurrences and motivations of heterosexual anal sex among young adults.  Heterosexual anal sex has been rising in public consciousness in recent years and with it, more people are choosing to incorporate it into their sexual experiences.  This study analyzes the social variables and motivations of undergraduates who practice heterosexual anal sex.

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Today is the second anniversary of Journal of Positive Sexuality. Many thanks to our incredible, internationally renowned editorial board.We’re always interested in innovative, sex positive manuscripts. Please check our submission guidelines. Our third volume is coming soon!

JPS Vol 2 Issue 3 Now Available!

The Editors of Journal of Positive Sexuality are happy to post the final issue for this year. This special issue contains a few longer articles. Enjoy exploring sexual vampire feeding, BDSM pre-scene negotiation, scene-drop after BDSM play, and what college students think about threesomes. A great way to end the year!

We are taking submissions for the first issue of 2017. Check the submission guidelines and get your original, sex positive manuscript in!

Many thanks to our amazing Editorial Board for a fabulous second year!