Melissa Gira Grant speaking

I speak widely on sexuality, gender, rights, and justice to audiences worldwide, at institutions such as Duke University, Yale University, the New School, Third Wave Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and at events including South by Southwest Interactive (USA), re:publica (Germany), NEXT (Denmark), the Oakland Book Festival (USA), the Brooklyn Book Festival (USA), Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK), and the International AIDS Conference (Mexico).


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  • About

    I'm a writer and freelance journalist, covering sexuality, politics, and technology.

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

    My reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, Reason, Jezebel, and Valleywag (where I was a tech reporter throughout 2008), among other publications, and I'm a contributing editor at Jacobin.

    My other published 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'm also the co-author and researcher of 10 tactics: turning information into action, published by the Tactical Tech Collective (2009).

    I regularly lecture on sex and the internet to audiences worldwide, including South by Southwest, re:publica (Berlin), NExT Fest (Copenhagen), Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Yale University, Duke University, New York University, the New School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the International AIDS Conference (Mexico City).

    I co-organize the podcast series Nostalgia for the Net.

    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.

    Before becoming a journalist, I was a member of the Exotic Dancers' Union (SEIU Local 790) and a staff member at St. James Infirmary, the only occupational health and safety clinic in the United States run for and by sex workers.

    I live in New York.