About

Melissa Gira GrantI’m a writer and journalist covering sexual politics, technology, and human rights.

My book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who make them.

I’m a contributing writer at Pacific Standard and the Village Voice, and my stories have appeared in BuzzFeed, The Nation, The New York Times, VICE, Glamour, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Dissent, among other publications.

My other books include Take This Book: A History of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street, in 2011 through my own media label Glass Houses, and Coming & Crying (Glass Houses, 2010), an anthology of true stories about sex (co-edited with Meaghan O’Connell).

I speak regularly to audiences worldwide at institutions such as Duke University, the New School, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Open Society Foundations, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and at events including South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), re:publica (Berlin), NEXT (Copenhagen), and the International AIDS Conference.

My story “Before Departure,” a collaboration with photographer Fette Sans and published by Abe’s Penny, was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art Library in 2013 and by the Brooklyn Art Museum in 2014 for their permanent collections.

In addition to working as a writer and journalist, I’m proud to have been a member of the Exotic Dancers’ Union (SEIU Local 790), a staff member at St. James Infirmary (the only occupational health and safety clinic in the United States run for and by sex workers), and worked to advance gender justice with the Third Wave Foundation.

Write me: mgg@melissagiragrant.com