“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.'”
“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.”
“From our new sex advice column to Scott Wagner’s golf spikes, these are CP’s favorites stories of 2018,” Pittsburgh City Paper
December 31, 2018
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.