Press Appearances

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

Published: December 31, 2018

“Trans Rights Must be Protected” by Jessie Sage, Peepshow Columnist

When Dan Savage told us earlier this year that he was pulling his column Savage Love from our paper without prior notice, our staff was heartbroken. But, we soon realized it was a blessing in disguise when it allowed us to bring on Pittsburgh sex worker and activist Jessie Sage. 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. But my favorite column of hers this year was a personal essay, writing from the heart about her trans son, and how important it is to continue to fight conservative politicians who want to take away the rights of our trans friends and neighbors. If you haven’t read it, please do so and share. I couldn’t be prouder to have Jessie in Pittsburgh City Paper and can’t wait to see what she brings in 2019. (Recommended by Lisa Cunningham, editor-in-chief)

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

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

March 20, 2019

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.

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

March 6, 2019

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.”

“Problematic Christmas Songs,” Vox Populorum Podcast

December 24, 2018

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”.