The Sexies: Silly Name, Serious Awards

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Natalie introduces a new kind of journalism award - The Sexies - given to journalists who write intelligently and fairly about issues around sexuality.


Photo: Photo by James (posted on miriamjoyce Flickr page)

Founder Miriam Axel-Lute addresses the crowd at the first Sex-Positive Journalism Awards party in 2008.

The Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys. All familiar awards ceremonies that celebrate artists and writers who are good at what they do. Likewise, journalism has its own professional awards such as the National Journalism Awards or prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Sexies are journalism awards given to those who cover the topic of “sex, sexuality, and the diversity of human sex practices” in a sex-positive manner in news, feature, opinion, and regular column formats.

According to their website, the Sexies hope to rais[e] the profile of articles that positively address sexual topics in order to:

  • encourage conversation about media coverage of sex
  • prompt readers to consider news coverage about sexual topics in a critical light
  • encourage journalists to improve their coverage by aiming for the award standards
  • connect journalists with existing resources to improve their knowledge of sexual topics.

Our very own Dr. Debby Herbenick is on the distinguished judging panel this year and we look forward to reading the submissions and winners. If you want to see what other articles have won in the past, check out the 2008 winners here.

Natalie Ingraham (M.P.H.)

is a recent graduate of Indiana University and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology at University of California San Francisco.
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