Press Appearances

Published: October 21, 2019


“The best thing about Savage’s career is the way that he brought taboo topics like non-monogamous relationship structures, gay rights, pornography and sex work politics to the fore, pushing people to discuss them with their friends, thus ultimately moving the needle in terms of socially acceptable public discourse,” says Jessie Sage, a sex columnist at the Pittsburgh City Paper who was hired to write her column in Savage’s place when he moved his to another local alt weekly.

“I feel like Dan Savage has been so influential in terms of the way that we think about sex and relationships that it would be hard to imagine what public discourse would look like without his influence.”

Published: September 24, 2019

The Aids Resource Alliance Presents Facts Not Fear

Facts Not Fear is a show made to create a conversation surrounding the stigmas of specific communities. The show will feature members of those highly stigmatized communities such as sex workers, trans folks, and people living with HIV. Each member will be opening up about their realities and how stigma affects them.

Published: September 19, 2019

Podcast Appearance, Ghoul on Ghoul: SeXXXtravaganza with Jessie Sage and Michael Lesley

Get ready for a NICE time during this special 69th episode! Amanda and Sarah focus on the sex-positive side of the podcast with return guest Jessie Sage of the Peepshow Podcast and Michael Lesley, a voice talent who specializes in recording gay romance and erotica audiobooks. Jessie talks about the demands and rewards of sex work, the need for sex worker rights, and the dos and don’ts of soliciting sex workers. Michael talks about recording sex scenes and more for audiobooks and then engages in the ghouls’ favorite game Ew, But F*ck Me/F*ck Me, But Ew. Other subjects covered include Hooters hosiery, panty stuffing, and, of course, doing 69.

Published: September 19, 2019

Peepshow Podcast Tackles FOSTA/SESTA With Woodhull’s Ricci Levy, Attorney Larry Walters

The newest episode of the Peepshow Podcast features Woodhull Freedom Foundation CEO Ricci Levy and noted attorney Larry Walters discussing the latest updates on their legal challenge to FOSTA/SESTA.

Published: August 9, 2019

Radio Appearance, Jessie Sage Renaissance Woman: Philosopher-Sex Work Activist-Podcaster-Clip Producer

The Podcast! Jessie Sage Renaissance Woman: Philosopher – Sex Worker Activist – Host: The Peepshow Podcast – Phone Sex Operator and XBIZ Nominated Clip Producer Joined The Coalition Talk Radio 8/9/19

Published: June 8, 2019

“Inside the hidden world of online dominatrixes,”

“Jessie Sage is a phone sex operator and a sex columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper. Although she doesn’t advertise herself as a dominatrix, many of her phone sex clients call her looking to indulge their fetishes — including being dominated financially.”

Published: May 1, 2019

Podcast Appearance, “Phone sex, dissecting fetishes, a pregnancy babble,” The SexWorkBB Podcast

It was so fun to talk to Kyra Kane from The SexWorkBB Podcast about everything from pregnancy to phone sex to balancing work and life.

Published: April 29, 2019

“Sex Workers Aren’t Happy With the New Netflix Show About Dominatrixes,” Rolling Stone

I was interviewed in Rolling Stone, talking about the impact of shaddowbanning on the sex work community, and why Twitter giving a verified account to a fictional sex worker seems like a slap in the face to our community.

Published: April 24, 2019

Podcast Appearance, “Working People Podcast”

PJ and I talk to Working People Podcast about the Peepshow Podcast; our own entry into podcasting and sex work; and sex work organizing.

Published: April 16, 2019

“Prosecutors Say There’s No Evidence of Sex Trafficking In Robert Kraft Case,” Rolling Stone

 “Often when we hear stories in the media about sex trafficking and law enforcement efforts, we should be skeptical, recognizing that there is a tendency to conflate trafficking and sex work, and much of the policing of sex work is done under the banner of sex trafficking (which importantly victimizes both sex workers and trafficking victims who are also arrested and deported),” says Jessie Sage.

Published: April 5, 2019

Podcast Appearance, “Talking Sex with Jessie Sage,” Ghoul on Ghoul

I had a great time on Ghoul on Ghoul talking about such a range of things: phone sex, cults, alien ovopositor fetishes, custom porn, and so much more.

Published: April 2, 2019

“Q&A with the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Pittsburgh Chapter About Stigmatization, Support, and Safety,” Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

I was asked to put together some thoughts on sex work, anti-trafficking campaigns, and the stigma and violence that our sex work communities face.

Published: March 28, 2019

Podcast Appearance, “After the Academy,” Working People Podcast

In this special compilation episode of Working People, I talk about loving, leaving, and being left behind by academia with seven other working class scholars.  

Published: March 28, 2019

Radio Appearance, “Behind the News with Doug Henwood”

Jessie Sage, writer, podcaster, and sex worker, on sex work and myths around “trafficking.” 

Published: March 21, 2019

“Controversial ‘Hacking4Humanity’ event targets trafficking,” The Pitt News

Jessie Sage, a community organizer at SWOP Pittsburgh, said the bill asks students to create solutions to problems they don’t fully understand.

“These tools are not being sold to social service agencies,” Sage said. “They’re being sold to the police. Surveillance and criminalization of the sex trade don’t help anyone.”

Published: March 20, 2019

“Opinion | Stand up for sex workers: Cancel the hackathon,” The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute should listen to the mounting pressure and do the right thing: cancel Hacking4Humanity. It’s time to listen to people who may suffer the inadvertent consequences of an otherwise well-intentioned idea — not dismiss them.

Published: March 6, 2019

“Sex-Work Decriminalization Is Becoming an Issue For 2020,” Rolling Stone

Harris’s about-face on the issue of decriminalization speaks volumes about the increasing prominence of sex workers’ rights on the national stage, says Jessie Sage, a sex columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper, an organizer with the advocacy group SWOP Pittsburgh and a cohost of the Peepshow Podcast, which covers the sex industry. “The sex work community doesn’t trust Harris or have a clear sense of what she means by [her stated support of decriminalization],” Sage says. “But I do think that the fact that she would find it politically advantageous to say this is important, and tells us something about changing attitudes.”

Published: December 31, 2018

“From our new sex advice column to Scott Wagner’s golf spikes, these are CP’s favorites stories of 2018,” Pittsburgh City Paper

Peepshow, Jessie’s sex and social-justice column, brings something to the table no other media outlet in town offers: brilliant commentary on taboo subjects from a local woman’s perspective. Jessie has tackled porn, BDSM, politics, and has recently started answering readers’ questions.

Published: December 24, 2018

“Problematic Christmas Songs,” Vox Populorum Podcast

Hannah and Mav are joined by Jessie and PJ Sage of the Peepshow Podcast and a returning Natalie Sheppard to suss out the details and the cultural significance of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and to work through some other possible candidates for problematic Christmas songs including, “Santa Baby”, “Let it Snow”, “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas”.

Published: December 14, 2018

“Lynn Cullen Live,” Pittsburgh City Paper

Jessie Sage is joining Lynn today to talk about sexuality, the sex industry, her Peepshow column and podcast, and much more.

Published: November 13, 2018

“Giving Many F*cks For Sex Workers In Need,” YNOT Cam

We got to discuss this project with each of the activists behind it. They are Alex Bishop — cam performer, clips producer and activist; Penny Trait — cam performer, clips producer and activist; and Jessie Sage — phone sex operator, co-host of “The Peepshow Podcast,” writer and activist.

Published: October 31, 2018

“In Allegheny County, People Arrested With Cell Phones Can Be Charged With ‘Possessing Instruments of Crime,'” The Appeal

“SWOP Pittsburgh is now demanding that Allegheny County police and prosecutors stop using instrument-of-crime charges for cell phones and commit to ending the use of both phones and condoms as evidence so that sex workers can protect their health and safety. Even if prosecutors say they often drop instrument-of-crime charges, said [Jessie] Sage, such charges still discourage safer work practices. ‘That’s true with the condoms and it’s true with the cell phones.'”

Published: October 3, 2018

“Letter from the Editor,” Pittsburgh City Paper

“Today, you’ll meet Jessie Sage, a local writer, public speaker, sex worker and our newest columnist. Peepshow, her sex and social justice column, begins this week.”

Published: August 21, 2018

“Academia, Podcasting, and Sex Work with Jessie and PJ Sage,” Chill Time Is Will Time Podcast

PJ and I sat down with Will from Chill Time Is Will Time and talked for a long time about podcasting, teaching, activism, and sex and gender politics. He is a thoughtful interviewer who made me think about how the various aspects of my own personal history and career have come together in the work […]

Published: July 11, 2018

“Talking about SESTA/FOSTA & the Future of Kink,” Ropecast Podcast

PJ and I talked with Graydancer on his podcast Ropecast about the ways that the SESTA/FOSTA rulings may affect the kink scene, and why sex workers and the kink community should stand in solidarity.

Published: June 21, 2018

“Allegheny County Halts Criminalizing of Condoms in Prostitution Cases,” Trib Live

Allegheny County police officers will no longer criminalize condoms in prostitution-related cases, the department superintendent said Thursday.

Published: June 17, 2018

“Pittsburgh Sex Workers Are Being Charged With Carrying Condoms, or, ‘Instruments of Crime’–Raising the Question of Who Is at Risk,” Jezebel

Jezebel highlights the controversial practice of characterizing condoms as instruments of crime, and using this characterization to file charges against sex workers.

Published: June 14, 2018

“Sex Worker Outreach Project Joins Local Opposition To Controversial Condom Charges,” 90.5 WESA-FM

WESA-FM profiles our efforts in opposing Allegheny County’s practice of utilizing possession of condoms as evidence against sex workers.

Published: June 11, 2018

“Advocacy Group Holding Public Forum to Discuss Allegheny County Criminalizing Condom Possession,” Pittsburgh City Paper

The Pittsburgh Sex Worker Outreach project announcement on our public forum to discuss Allegheny County criminalizing condom possession.

Published: June 8, 2018

Podcast Appearance, “An Independent Porn Performer Talks About the ‘Big Beautiful Women’ Label,” VICE Podcast

On the The VICE Guide to Right Now podcast, I discussed discussed my career in the porn industry, and the complicated nuances of being a “BBW”.

Published: May 3, 2018

“‘Redistributing Sex’ is a Toxic Conversation About Toxic People,” VICE’s Motherboard

Ross Douthat and ‘The New York Times’ has amplified the harmful incel mentality. This article lays out why this is problematic and how throwing sex workers at incels is not the answer.

Published: April 18, 2018

“A Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sex Worker Outreach Project Opens Amid New Legislation,” Pittsburgh City Paper

In an increasingly conservative political climate, Jessie Sage, Moriah Ella Mason and PJ Sage are offering support and safe harbor for sex workers. They recently launched a Pittsburgh chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP), a national network that works to protect the human rights of those involved in the sex industry and focuses on replacing the stigma and violence with education and advocacy.

Published: March 5, 2018

“Pittsburgh-based Peepshow Is the Sex Podcast for Life in 2018,” Pittsburgh City Paper

Over the past year or so, Americans have continued to evolve on how they view sex, consent and sexual identity. A new Pittsburgh-based podcast called Peepshow, from PJ and Jessie Sage, seeks to address how that conversation has changed in such a short period.

Published: February 15, 2018

“We Have Officially Entered a Golden Age of Queer Women in Podcasting,” NewNowNext

In Peepshow, co-hosts Jessie and PJ Sage explore the intersections of sex, art, culture, and social justice through interviews with porn stars, sex workers, artists, writers, scholars and activists.

Published: January 26, 2018

“Pittsburgh’s Newest Peepshow (Podcast),” YNOT Cam

Though performing intimate labor, many sex workers spend a lot of time isolated from their peers. The Peepshow Podcast hopes to build community by exploring all types of sex work.

Published: December 1, 2017

“Stars of Phone—Jessie Sage,” Stars of Phone Podcast

My appearance on the Stars of Phone podcast.