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.


  • ptw-960px

    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.

  • Desktop-2014-05-30-NYT


    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

    …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.


  • VICE: “For Sex Workers, Any Camera Can Be A Police Camera”

    Friday, December 05, 2014

    "This is what anti–sex work law enforcement looks like in the data age—a whole world that’s watching and at any time in the future can deny you a job, a visa, an apartment, a child. Who needs the courts when cop​s have cameras?"

  • Speaking at Eyebeam on New Topics in Social Computing: “Online Abuser Dynamics”

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    On Thursday, November 20, I'll be speaking at Eyebeam in Brooklyn as part of Joanne McNeil's series, "New Topics on Social Computing."