Sexualization, Media, & Society

Sexualization, Media, & Society

Ana Bridges University of Arkansas
Deirdre M. Condit Virginia Commonwealth University
Gail Dines Wheelock College
Jennifer A. Johnson Virginia Commonwealth University
Carolyn West University of Washington

eISSN: 23746238 | ISSN: 23746238 | Current volume: 2 | Current issue: 4
Sexualization, Media, & Society (SMS), peer-reviewed, open access and published quarterly, is an international, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of scholarly research and information exploring the phenomenon of sexualized media in all forms and associations with individual and public health; intimate and family relationships; sexual, gender, ethnic, and racial identities; social and political organizations, communities, and cultures; and institutions and global economic structures. Adopting a critical perspective, SMS aims to integrate social, behavioral, cultural and health research into a comprehensive academic and professional resource.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Our aim, as editors of Sexualization, Media, & Society (SMS), a peer-reviewed, open-access interdisciplinary journal published by Sage, is to establish this journal as a premier resource for diverse scholars and activists interested in critically examining the phenomenon of sexualized media as it affects individuals, relationships, communities, and societies.

Sexualized media has become a major area of interest among a wide range of scholars, including social scientists who examine the politics of the sex industry or the impact of sexualized media on individual behavior, humanities scholars who consider the cultural representation of sexuality, medical researchers who examine the public health implications of these media or neurological effects of viewing sexualized images, and business scholars who investigate the economic costs of Internet sex sites on worker productivity.

Sexualized media has also gained the increasing interest of service providers, including therapists who are seeing an increase in clients presenting with habitual use of pornography, school counselors who report an increase in sexual aggression among their students, and policy makers who are struggling with issues of globalized sex trafficking. This journal is intended to bring together the interdisciplinary and intersecting interests of these diverse professionals, both in and outside of academia, into a comprehensive and cohesive conversation concerning questions about sexualized media.

Sexualization, Media, & Society
will feature original research articles, book reviews, personal reflections, literary pieces, and more. Publishing through an open access model will enable scholars, practitioners, activist organizations, members of the public, and other interested parties to access research for free, without the need for a journal subscription. Each issue will comprise a mixture of longer theoretical or research articles (e.g., 6,000 – 9,000 words) and shorter essays and creative pieces (no more than 2,500 words). We welcome manuscripts in English from academics, researchers, community partners, artists, health professionals, and first person accounts.

The core disciplines Sexualization, Media, & Society targets include sociology, psychology, women’s studies, media studies, social work, political science, gender/sexuality studies, and humanities. We also envision contributions from people in health professions (community health promotion, public health, nursing, medicine, and psychiatry), economics (behavioral economics, political economics) and the creative arts.

Sexualization, Media, & Society is edited by five scholars from diverse disciplines:

  • Psychology (Ana Bridges)
  • Political Science (Deirdre Condit)
  • Media studies/Sociology (Gail Dines)
  • Sociology (Jennifer Johnson)
  • Psychology (Carolyn West)

Each edition of the journal will feature:

  • Four Scholarly Articles (recommended length 6,000-9,000 words)

These will be peer-reviewed, scholarly articles that follow the traditional format of journal articles.

  • Two shorter pieces, including:

            1. Practitioner articles (recommended length 2,500 words)
                These will be peer reviewed and drawn from a wide-range of service providers, 
                health care providers, practitioners, activists, and educators who are working 
                in areas directly linked to the journal’s focus.

            2.  In the First Person (recommended length 2,500 words)
                These will be peer reviewed, non-scholarly accounts of people’s own experience with the 
                 sexualized media culture.

            3. Book Reviews (recommended length: 1,000 words)
                Peer reviewed book reviews of scholarly and trade books

            4. Curricula (recommended length: 2,500 words)
                This will include curriculum that addresses topics such as media literacy, sexting, body 
                image, working with survivors, working with men, effects of sexualized media on health, 
                and training for providers on topics associated with the journal.

A full peer review will be conducted on all submissions. Accepted pieces will be made available immediately after copy edit review through an open access rolling publication process. Once a full set of articles have been reviewed, accepted articles will be bundled into a completed edition.

For inquiries, please email

Editorial Board
Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Ph.D. University of Missouri
Akeia Benard, Ph.D. Wheelock College
Karen Boyle, Ph.D University of Stirling
Jane Caputi, Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University
Gay Cutchin, M.S. Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristian Daneback, Ph.D. University of Gothenburg
Walter Dekeseredy, Ph.D West Virginia University, Morgantown
Meenakshi G. Durham, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Steven Eggermont, Ph.D. University of Leuven
Matthew Ezzell, Ph.D. James Madison University
John Foubert, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
Caroline Heldman, Ph.D. Occidental College
Donna Hughes, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Robert Jensen, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
Cherie Jimenez Eva Center/Kim's Project
Jennifer Johnston, Ph.D. Western New Mexico University
Christopher Kilmartin, PhD University of Mary Washington
Sharon Lamb, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
Neil Malamuth, PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Mark R. McGrath, MPH AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Helen Pringle, Ph.D. University of New South Wales
Aleksandar Štulhofer, Ph.D. University of Zagreb
Chyng Sun, Ph.D. New York University
Meagan Tyler, Ph.D. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
L. Monique Ward, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Rebecca Whisnant, Ph.D. University of Dayton

SMS is now a sub-journal of SAGE Open. Check back soon for more information on where to find new content and how to submit.