Stories by Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else. Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. subscribe to Melissa Gira Grant's feed

Posted on: Dec 5, 2015, Source: The Guardian

When a porn star says that she has been raped, she faces the idea that her job means she had it coming.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From the Louisiana colony to the California Gold Rush, prostitutes were some of the first women in early American settlements.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Throughout history, laws that are supposed to "protect" women have pushed prostitutes to the margins of cities and the social order itself.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The sexual conversation often turns otherwise professional journalists and pundits into alarmists and preachers.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Law enforcement and conservative campaigners want to threaten men who buy sex with the possibility of being marked for life in a government database.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Each year, scores of new laws are proposed to make prostitution somehow even more illegal than it already is.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Why isn't it a bigger scandal when politicians chip away at our rights to control our bodies and our sexuality?

Posted on: Dec 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Despite a campaign that included 180,000 signatures, Facebook continues to post pro-rape pages, showing, yet again, that they care about users so long as they're profitable.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The question of how safe Liberty Plaza is – and for whom – has consumed occupiers and critics for weeks.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Student loan debtor: "Kids are told to get this expensive degree and you’ll get a job. You end up owing too much and owning nothing."

Posted on: Sep 25, 2011, Source: Comment Is Free

Campaigns that focus on "ending demand" for sex work ignore the financial pressures on sex workers--the same pressures that all working people face.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is supposed to be the one on trial, and yet his accusers are the ones seeing their personal lives splashed across the media.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

AG Richard Blumenthal's obsession with Craigslist does nothing to end the exploitation of people trafficked for sex.