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Sexualization, Media, & Society

Sexualization, Media, & Society

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

eISSN: 23746238 | ISSN: 23746238 | Current volume: 3 | Current issue: 2
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.

About SAGE Open:

Sexualization, Media, & Society is published under SAGE Open which is an open access publication from SAGE. SAGE Open publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. SAGE Open seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for academic research. As such, unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open’s interactive comments feature and article-level usage metrics. Likewise, by not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines.

Why publish in SAGE Open Sexualization, Media, & Society:

  • Global distribution of your research via the award-winning SAGE Journals online platform, including enhanced online features such as public usage metrics, comments features, subject categories, and article ranking and recommendations
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting of your article will ensure quality
  • $395 author acceptance fee
  • Continuous-publication online format

To learn more about SAGE Open click here.

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


Sexualization, Media, & Society (SMS), is a peer-reviewed, open-access interdisciplinary journal published by SAGE Open. It was established 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.  It 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.

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.

Rigorous peer review is conducted on all submissions. Accepted pieces will be made available immediately after copy edit review through an open access rolling publication process.

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

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Sexualization, Media, & Society (SMS) will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

1. Open Access

Sexualization, Media, & Society, a SAGE Open publication, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of Article Processing Charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

2. Article Processing Charge (APC)

If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

An introductory Article Processing Charge (APC) of $0, discounted from the full rate of $395 is available for a limited time.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) is $395.

3. Article types

3.1 Full Length Manuscripts

Full-length manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

Instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts appear in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

Authors submitting manuscripts that report new data collection, especially randomized clinical trials (RCTs), should comply with the newly developed APA Journal Article Reporting Standards (PDF, 98KB) (JARS; see American Psychologist, 2008,63, 839–851 or Appendix in the APA Publication Manual).

In addition to empirical studies, SMS also considers conceptual articles on topics of broad theoretical, methodological, or practical interest that relate to the aims and scope of the journal. Similar formatting guidelines for submitting a full length research article would apply for these types of papers.

3.2 Shorter Contributions

In addition to full-length manuscripts, SMS will consider shorter contributions. Shorter contributions will typically fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Practitioner articles (recommended length 2,500 words), providing the perspective of service providers, activists, and educators working in areas directly related to the journal’s focus.
  2. In the First Person (recommended length 2,500 words), providing non-scholarly accounts of people’s own experiences with sexualized media culture.
  3. Book Reviews (recommended length 1,000 words), reviewing both scholarly and popular books related to the journal’s focus.
  4. Curricula (recommended length 2,5000 words), including descriptions of curricula that address topics such as media literacy, sexting, body image, working with survivors of the sex industry, and trainings.
  5. Poetry (recommended length no more than 750 words) on topics related to the journal’s focus.

In no case should shorter contributions exceed 2,500 words (including cover page, abstract, text,
references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper must be double spaced.

4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of up to 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

4.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

Sexualization, Media, & Society encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

5.1.1 Plagiarism

Sexualization, Media, & Society and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sexualization, Media, & Society publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard Sexualization, Media, & Society license is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

5.3 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC or RTF. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides. Text should be standard a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 point (no smaller).

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

Tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript, or submitted as separate files. Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors. Tables should be editable—in either Word or Excel. Do not submit images of tables.

Please follow Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) guidelines for preparing all tables and figures. Figures should be in black and white. Bars, lines, and other aspects of figures should be distinguishable from one another using gray scale. Figures should be at least 300 dpi and submitted in their original file format. Do not embed figures into Word documents.

6.3 Journal layout

Sexualization, Media, & Society conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE House Style.

6.4 Reference style

Sexualization, Media, & Society adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

6.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

Sexualization, Media, & Society is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

7.2 Corresponding author contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

7.3 Title of Manuscript

The title of a manuscript should be accurate, fully explanatory, and preferably no longer than 12 words. The title should reflect the content and population studied (e.g., "Evaluation of racism in sexually explicit scenes in top-grossing films over the past decade").

7.4 Abstract

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

7.5 Public Health Significance Statements

Authors submitting manuscripts to SMS are required to provide 1–2 brief sentences regarding the public health significance of the study or meta-analysis described in their paper. It should be written in language that is easily understood by both professionals and members of the lay public.

Examples are included below. This description should be included within the manuscript on the abstract/keywords page.

When an accepted paper is published, these sentences will be included at the end of the abstract for easy accessibility. All such descriptions will also be published on the journal's web page. This new policy is in keeping with efforts to increase dissemination and usage by larger and diverse audiences.

Examples of these 2–3 sentences include the following:

"This study suggests that greater exposure to violent sexualized media is associated with increased sexual callousness, but only in people with high masculine gender roles. Participants with androgynous or feminine gender roles did not show increases in sexual callousness following exposure to violent sexualized media."

"Sex trafficking victims who received comprehensive community-based supports (including housing, employment, legal, and psychological services) had significantly higher satisfaction with care and significantly lower rates of posttraumatic stress disorder than victims who received usual treatment services."

“Analyses of children’s dolls over the past four decades revealed significant changes in both body shape and clothing. In particular, children’s dolls displayed increases in make-up, more exaggerated facial features (eyes, lips), and more revealing clothing.”

7.6 Keywords

Please supply up to five keywords for your manuscript.

Note: The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication to appear online. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

8.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

8.2 Continuous publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no issues to fill and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download. Check the ‘Latest Articles’ tab on the journal website for the latest published content.

9. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the editors as follows: Questions about SAGE Open can be emailed to the SAGE Open Editorial Office at