Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. She is a staff writer at The New Republic and she is the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso), as well as A Woman Is Against the Law: Sex, Race, and the Limits of Justice of America, forthcoming from Little, Brown (US) and Verso (UK). Her first film, They Won't Call It Murder, co-directed with Ingrid Raphaël, premieres at Sheffield DocFest (world) and BAMcinemaFest (US) in 2021. She lives in New York.
Playing the Whore redefines the politics of sex work, placing sex workers at the center of the story. A Village Voice favorite book of the year.
Narrative and longform journalism, for The New Republic, The Village Voice, and others.
Feature reporting and criticism, from criminal justice to sexual politics.