Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist and author, covering sexual politics and human rights. She's a contributing writer for Pacific Standard, and her reporting and commentary have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, VICE, Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Dissent, among other publications. Her latest book is Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. She's also a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


  • 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.

  • Journalism

    Reporting and commentary on sex, tech, and politics.

  • 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.


  • A Professionalized Body

    Thursday, January 05, 2017

    So I’m startled by the possibilities for reading these two incisive modern labor stories against one another: Inside the Million-Dollar Get-Rich Doula Clique (Katie J. M. Baker, BuzzFeed News) The Peculiar Political Economics of Pro-Domming (Lori Adorable, Tits and Sass) Lori Adorable’s story speaks to something I have no inclination to report on myself, preferring […]

  • 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?"