I’m a writer and journalist covering sexual politics, technology, and human rights. My reporting and commentary has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, VICE, Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Dissent, among other publications. I'm the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. I live in New York.


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    Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

    In my new book Playing the Whore, sex workers' demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage.

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    Reporting and commentary on sex, tech, and politics.

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    Glass Houses

    Glass Houses is a media label founded on the Internet, launched with the publication of Coming & Crying.

  • Press

    Gira Grant weaves her way through sanctimony and hypocrisy with wit, eloquence, insight, and a dose of necessary outrage.

    …one of the top intellectuals to turn to when America needs an explanation about why we’re so weird about sex.

    Her work has been hugely influential in how I think about sex work and outright changed my mind on a number of points. She’s a must read.

    Melissa Gira Grant can be quite scary.

    Learn, listen, take heart—this is the real deal.


  • The Guardian: ‘Secrets aren’t really a thing that I do’

    Wednesday, January 06, 2016

    "That chorus of voices that followed Stoya’s shook the porn industry. They reverberated, and now the public is hearing, perhaps as loudly as ever, about the particular structural problems the porn industry contends with, and the persistent and pernicious idea that sex workers are by definition unrapeable. So what change has Stoya’s intervention made – and what remains?"

  • Announcing // //

    Monday, January 04, 2016

    "A website. A one-woman research collective. An outlet for gathering and creating and working material for the long haul. A subscription service to my desk, my outboard brain."