As the Journal of Positive Sexuality enters its 10th year of publication, we are proud to show the breadth and depth of the journal with these three new articles.

Boydell’s study provides an empirical insight into the choices women make about contraception, and how it’s not only about avoiding pregnancy. Next, Carty and Davidson further substantiate the idea that BDSM practitioners are using high levels of communication, and this leads to better overall sexual satisfaction. And finally in this issue, Hedley describes what it’s like to be a victim-survivor of sexual assault and how in a creative essay format she explores consent, culture, objectification and the commodification of the author’s body as she engages in transactional sex and sex for pleasure, with an aim to subvert expectations around sex workers, who are often accused of “asking for” rape.

We hope you enjoy the first issue of 2024!