I’m a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else (and currently living in New York). 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, The New York Times, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, and Valleywag, among other publications.


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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.

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    …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.

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

    Melissa Gira Grant can be quite scary.”

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


  • Playing the Whore at the Baltimore Book Festival

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    I'll be joining Red Emma's at the Baltimore Book Festival to talk about Playing the Whore with a book signing to follow.

  • Playing the Whore, in German (and Touring in Germany)

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    In October, I'll be speaking about Playing the Whore and the politics of sex work at a series of events in Germany and Switzerland, on the occasion of the book's translation into German as Hure spielen: Die Arbeit der Sexarbeit.