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Sexualization, Media, & Society

Sexualization, Media, & Society

Jennifer A. Johnson Virginia Commonwealth University, 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.

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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

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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
Editor Emeriti
Ana Bridges University of Arkansas, USA
Deirdre M. Condit Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Gail Dines Wheelock College, USA
Carolyn West University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
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    Sexualization, Media, & Society is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Manuscript Submission
    Please read the Full Submissions Guidelines here (PDF) before submitting your manuscript at

    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 will be reviewed.

    Sexualization, Media, & Society publishes original research articles, practitioner articles, book reviews, and curricula.

    Article Processing Charge
    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 license.

    The regular article processing charge (APC) is $395. However, for a limited time, there are funds available to cover the cost of publication for authors. Please contact SMS’s editorial office for more details.

    Sexualization, Media, & Society publishes manuscripts under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced.

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

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