Press Appearances

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

Published: May 3, 2018

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.

“I think we should be dubious about anyone who takes incels at face value and claims that the problem, here, is lack of access to sex,” Jessie Sage, an independent porn performer and co-host of the Peepshow Podcast, told me in an email. “The problem with the incel community isn’t a problem of lack of sex, it is a problem of power and entitlement and it will not be cured by sex, and certainly not by throwing sex workers under the bus.”


Sage said that while she is not a full-service sex worker, all sex work is implicated in these discussions and sweeping “solutions” to toxic men. Proposing that sex workers take on dangerous and entitled men as clients treats workers as expendable, she said. “It suggests that sex workers should absorb male rage and violence in order to protect other women who are pure. This is not our job. And it’s far too big of a social problem for sex workers alone to solve.”

“The problem with the incels is that they feel entitled to women’s bodies and to their sexuality,” Sage said. “Despite its stigma, sex work actually occupies the exact opposite position: that women’s intimate labor is valuable and ought to be appreciated and fairly compensated.”


“We are not disposable, and we will not be sacrificed so that society can ignore the deeply entrenched problem of toxic masculinity,” she added.

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

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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.