I’m a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else. My latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. My reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, and Valleywag, among other publications, and I’m a contributing editor at Jacobin. I live in New York.


  • Playing the Whore (book cover)

    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.

  • The War on Sex Workers


    Reporting and commentary on sex, tech, and politics.

  • Coming_and_Crying_digital

    Glass Houses

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

  • Press

    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.
    Gira Grant weaves her way through sanctimony and hypocrisy with wit, eloquence, insight, and a dose of necessary outrage.
    Learn, listen, take heart—this is the real deal.


  • A Party For Love Or Money

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Guillotine celebrates the launch of For Love or Money by Sarah Jaffe and Melissa Gira Grant on April 17 at 7pm, interviewed by Jen Pan (assistant editor at Jacobin), and hosted by Melville House.

  • Playing the Whore, UK Tour

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    The World's Oldest Procession wrapped its first US leg this week, and in a few hours, I'll be off to London for two weeks of readings, talks, and assorted uprising.