Columns

January 9, 2019

Discussing body representation with a Pittsburgh-based body-positive figurative artist

If you were paying attention to social media in 2018, you may have noticed that major platforms such as Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon severely restricted, or altogether banned, adult content and nudity. This type of censorship has real and serious consequences to many marginalized communities. To consider why it’s important for adults to be […]

December 26, 2018

Jessie Sage recalls how she found her place in sex work

Originally Published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. I often get asked how I got into sex work. I understand that my own story is not representative of many folks, but it is my story and it looks something like this. I got my start in sex work on a cam site. For those unfamiliar with […]

December 19, 2018

Dear Jessie: is it normal for someone to prefer clitoral stimulation/orgasms to vaginal penetration?

Originally Published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. Dear Jessie, Vaginal penetration is rather “meh” for me. Clitoral stimulation is the best way for me to climax. Everyone seems to think it’s “wrong” that I prefer clitoral stimulation over penetration. Is it normal for someone to prefer clitoral stimulation/orgasms? ~ Shy Spells ~ Dear Shy Spells, […]

December 12, 2018

Local Group, Poly in Pittsburgh, Working to Create a Community that Supports Poly Folks

Originally Published in Pittsburgh City Paper. If thousands of hours of conversations as a phone sex operator have taught me one thing, it’s that for many folks, strict monogamy is tremendously stressful. Those who have sexual desires or kinks that their partner disapproves of or doesn’t want to participate in feel shamed and limited. Those […]

December 5, 2018

Why Snapchat Should Be Grateful to Sex Workers

Originally Published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. In 2011, TechCrunch quoted founder and CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel saying, “I’m not convinced that the whole sexting thing is as big as the media makes it out to be, I just don’t know people who do that. It doesn’t seem that fun when you can have […]

November 28, 2018

Jessie Sage Chats with a BDSM Enthusiast

Originally published in The Pittsburgh City Paper. Self-care suggestions often include activities like jogging, journaling, yoga, or therapy. But, Mr. X, an NYC-based writer, has discovered that for him, self-care means being beaten into submission by a professional dominatrix. We talked about his experiences over morning coffee. Mr. X: I first got into BDSM in college […]

November 21, 2018

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t (Shave Pubic Hair)

Originally published in Pittsburgh City Paper. In the early 2000s, at nine months pregnant, I went to have my eyebrows threaded. I told the esthetician that my baby was due in a week, and she asked me if I wanted to add a Brazilian wax. Tired, uncomfortable, and not in the mood, I shrugged it […]

November 14, 2018

Aging in the Sex Work Industry

Originally Published in The Pittsburgh City Paper. Sex workers are all too familiar with the question: What are you going to do when you aren’t young and hot anymore? We’re asked it by people critical of our jobs, and, in moments of doubt, we ask it of ourselves. For sex workers, this question is a […]

November 7, 2018

Trans Rights Must Be Protected

Originally published in Pittsburgh City Paper. In Allegheny County, any transgender person seeking to legally change their name and gender marker schedules a hearing with Judge Christine Ward. Once a month she conducts a closed-door court ceremony where each person gets to come forward with their family or support persons and be legally recognized for […]

October 31, 2018

What the Midterm Elections Mean to the Sex Work Industry

First published in the Pittsburgh City Paper. In light of the upcoming midterm elections, I take a step back to talk about the way in which elections impact the lives of the sex work community. Sex work is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide array of erotic services: stripping, webcam modeling, nude modeling, escorting, […]