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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.


Featured Work

  • Playing the Whore / English, Korean, German editions

    Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

    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.

  • Feature Reporting

    Narrative and longform journalism, for The New Republic, The Village Voice, and others.

  • Journalism

    Feature reporting and criticism, from criminal justice to sexual politics.


  • About Her Work

    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.

    Underneath Grant’s strategically inclusive argument lurks a harder political critique of the transformation of politics and economics since the 1970s.