Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

 Edited by James C. Wadley

ISSN 2334-2668

eISSN 2376-7510

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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.

Table Of Contents

Volume 6, No. 4, Spring 2020

Bussinismus: An Introduction to the Pleasure, Pain, Power, and Politics of Bottoming
Patrick Grant

“I Want to Feel Enlightened by You”: Black Professionals’ Preferences in an Ideal Partner
Chesmore S. Montique and Candice N. Hargons

Black Men Who Have Sex with Transgender Women: Self-Understandings of Sexual Desire and Sexual Orientation
Andre E. Key and Latoya B. Brooks

Sexual Variety and Sexual Satisfaction in Black Women: Findings from a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Aged 18 to 83
Ashley Townes, Debby Herbenick, Brian Dodge, and Molly Rosenberg

Her Beleaguered Libido: Black Women’s Decreased Desire and Self-Medicating Reaction to Workplace Bullying
Leah P. Hollis

Book Review
XinLing Li. Black Masculinity and Hip-Hop Music: Black Gay Men Who Rap
Huntly P. Brown

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, Morgan 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


Special Issue Call for Papers
Black Sexuality Matters!
Deadline August 1, 2020

Given the recent tragic events of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the editorial board of Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is seeking qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual manuscripts devoted to Black Lives Matter Movement; masculinity/femininity development; parenting/rearing Black children in the social justice era; reproductive politics; aesthetics and body politics; colorism; pornography; Black leadership; Black feminism/womanism; and/or white supremacy/privilege.  Now that the JBSR is entering into its seventh year, this Black Sexuality Matters Commemorative Issue highlights a dramatic shift in understanding of how sexual health research and pedagogy are inherently enmeshed with activism and advocacy.  This issue is timely in that it serves as a space for an enhanced visibility of the Black sexual health issues that have been marginalized or misrepresented.  The deadline for submission is August 1, 2020 for possible publication in October, 2020. 


JBSR Podcast Launched

Editor James Wadley has announced the launch of the JBSR Podcast channel on YouTube. Interviews with article authors, discussions of relevant events, and background on the research appearing in the journal are among the topics listeners can expect to encounter.

JBSR Included in Project MUSE Collection in 2020

Project MUSE has announced that the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships will be part of its Premium Collection beginning in 2020. While the journal has been on the MUSE platform in the past, it has not been available as part of a collection, meaning that all libraries had to purchase separate single title subscriptions to JBSR if they wished to offer it to their patrons. Now libraries that subscribe to the Premium Collection will automatically have JBSR available. The journal will still be available through Project MUSE as a single title subscription to those libraries not participating in the Premium Collection.

Sponsoring Society

The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships  is the official journal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. Members receive a discount on subscriptions by bundling them with their membership payments.

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.


Syllabus Builder: Social Media

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

Syllabus Builder: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

Useful Links

JBSR Podcasts

Visit the JBSR Podcast channel on YouTube for interviews and discussions that complement the journal's content.

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