Press Appearances

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

“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.