Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

 Edited by James C. Wadley

ISSN 2334-2668

eISSN 2376-7510


The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population. Quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual, articles, book reviews, and letters to the editor address various cultural substrates (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identities, ability, spirituality, etc.) that intersect or weave themselves in/out of sexual expression, romantic relationships, and/or friendships. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal includes perspectives from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, human development, social work, social policy, and anthropology.

The JBSR is the official journal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. 

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Table Of Contents

Volume 10, Numbers 1-2, Summer-Fall 2023

Guest edited by Leah Hollis


Title Wave: Title IX and How Compromised Abortion Rights can Precipitate Increased College Drop-Out Rates
Leah P. Hollis

Letter to Editor: Fifty Years of Title IX: What is Due for all Genders
Antoine l. bernard

Title IX is the Master’s Tool: (Re)conceptualizing Gender and Race Equity in U.S. Education
Tori Justin and Katelyn E. Foltz

Administrator Perception of Campus Sexual Assault Policy at an HBCU: A Composite Counterstory
Adrianne Jackson Weaver and Tamara Bertrand Jones

Erased, Hidden or Missing. Black Women’s Experiences in the Fight Against College Campus Sexual Violence
Yulanda McCarty-Harris

Why She PARs: Combating the Deintellectualization of Sport through Participatory Research
Rachel D. Roberson

I Know Someone is Watching Me: Evaluating the Impact of Dating Violence and Stalking on College Campuses and Universities and the Hesitation of Informing the Title IX Office
Candice R. Williams

For the Bruhs: The Need for the Racialized and Gendered Support of Black Male College Students
D. Lisa Cothran

A Different View of Collegiate Swimming. Under the Umbrella of Title IX: Voices of Black Womxn Collegiate Swimmers at HBCUs
Tiffany Monique Quash and Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq

Systematic Environmental Racism and Injustice: Title IX Black Female Sports Inequality
Tahara Coleman

Book Review
Sherry Boschert, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination
Domale Dube Keys

Submissions & Book Reviews

Statement of Publishing Ethics

Send manuscripts electronically using Microsoft Word to James C. Wadley, Ph.D at AND

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere.  As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source.  All figures should be camera ready.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides.  Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (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).  Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier ".doc" filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.

Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.  Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words.  Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242, phone (202)336-5500, fax (202)336-5502.

Book Reviews
Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor.

Peer Review Policy
All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.

Please allow 3-5 months for review of all submitted articles.

Editorial Board


James C. Wadley, Lincoln University

Associate Editors

Twinet Parmer, Central Michigan University

Bridgette Peteet, University of Cincinnati

Editorial Board

Sheila V. Baldwin, Columbia College Chicago

Juan Battle, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University

Shanna Broussard, Texas Southern University

Crystal Rae Coel, Murray State University

Zupenda Davis-Shine, Burlington County Health Department

Monique Howard, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)

Felicia Fisher, University of Houston

Karen Flynn, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College

Anita Hawkins, Morgan State University

Leah P. Hollis, Penn State University

Larry D. Icard, Temple University

George James, Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships

Doreen Loury, Arcadia University

Aretha Faye Marbley, Texas Tech University

Kenneth Monteiro, San Francisco State University

Wilfridah Mucherah, Ball State University

Valerie Newsome, National Development & Research Institutes

Leon Rouson, Norfolk State University

Jeanine Staples, Penn State University

Dionne Stephens, Florida International University


Call for Papers 
Posted 9/23/21
The next issue of the JBSR will be devoted to relational, mental health, or sex therapy devoted to the experiences of Black folks. We are looking for manuscripts that address client/therapist relationship, countertransference, transference, issues around race, relational negotiation/strain, issues of sex therapy, couples' counseling, etc. Click on the submissions & book reviews tab for manuscript submission information,.

Sponsoring Society

The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships  is affiliated with the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. M

The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians promotes the sexual health of individuals, couples, families, and communities by advocating for culturally sensitive research, informed clinical practice, and culturally sensitive educational curricula.  The organization seeks to foster ongoing dialogue in an effort to reduce and or prevent adverse sexual health outcomes.  As a welcoming and affirming organization, we advocate for sexual, racial, and gender equality.


The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians will change or enhance the way you think about intersectionality. In addition, we strive to offer research, clinical, and educational opportunities that revolve around sexuality and race. We seek to empower our community by engaging, informing, dialoguing, learning and collaborating about sexual health issues.

  • Build and sustain Black professional community involvement in the field of human sexuality and mental health.
  • Engage in ongoing formal and informal dialogue about social and sexual health issues that affect persons of African descent and those who serve this unique population.
  • Develop and support prevention, educational, and clinical response systems that reduce the prevalence of sexual health disparities.
  • Create regional, national, and international linkages for members.
  • Serve as a resource for research, educational, and clinical mental health initiatives.


Reading List: Social Media

As online communities continue to widen their reach, so too does our list of peer-reviewed articles on various subjects including Journalism, Communal Narrative, Activism, Marketing, and Image Rehabilitation.

Reading List: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

This reading list is full of academic articles for both instructors & students seeking peer-reviewed materials on Rape Culture, Sexual Help, Models of Resistance, and other areas of study.

Reading List: Pandemic

This developing list arose from the COVID-19 pandemic and includes many peer-reviewed articles on topics like Fictional Pandemics, Politics, Cultural Impacts, The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, and other related areas of study.

Reading List: Latin American Studies

Articles on a variety of topics related to the field of Latin American Studies.

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