Press Appearances

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

Published: April 18, 2018

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.

Jessie Sage was an academic getting her Ph.D. in feminist philosophy and teaching women and gender studies when, four years in, she became frustrated with academia and left to work as a doula. Her husband, PJ Sage is studying web camming and sex camming — a legal form of sex work where clients pay for live webcam time and interactions with a model — as part of his Ph.D. work in sociology. Out of curiosity, Jessie Sage decided to make a profile to see what the work was like. 

“That was maybe a year ago and that really took off, surprisingly,” she says laughing. “It’s not where I expected to land,” she says of her career as a phone sex operator and webcam model, also known as a “cam girl.”

“Google is heavily censoring and flagging anything that seems like adult content. Sex workers [like cammers] are having their pre-recorded content disappearing from Google Drive. When they go to send it to clients who have paid, it’s gone,” says Sage. “There’s no way to really recover it.” 

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

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WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE OF DAN SAVAGE’S LEGACY?

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.”

The Aids Resource Alliance Presents Facts Not Fear

September 24, 2019

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.

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

September 19, 2019

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.