Melissa Gira Grant

Apr 16

“But the work of producing a real performance is easy for Kink to obscure, especially within the physically dominating structure of the castle. Every Upper Floor video starts with a shot of the armory, dramatically lit, flags on its top waving, then fades to an image of the Kink logo. The leather, iron, and brick aesthetics may signal erotic torment, but there’s homey consistency to the Upper Floor shows, with regularly scheduled brunches and orgies. A rotating yet recurring cast of characters appear each time and on the same sets, like the “house slaves” in the Kink uniform of black stockings with a contrasting red weft, held up by black garters. A viewer can imagine she is looking in not on a porn set but on some ongoing, unfolding sexual moment.” — For the Love of Kink, new by me for Dissent

Collaboration by MODERNWOMEN with the writer and scholar Mimi Thi Nguyen, for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Collaboration by MODERNWOMEN with the writer and scholar Mimi Thi Nguyen, for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

"Gender on the Internet is so interesting, because, on one hand there’s this frustration and hate. But, in the beginning, some of the first people to make money on the Internet were webcam girls. Those words are always there, those slurs, those threats of violence, but there are a lot of women in power on the Internet; they have a perceived sense of popularity, and they take beautiful pictures of themselves all day, and people become fascinated. And there are those who wish they had that power. There’s this power dynamic. It’s complex. But like I said, there’s that super strain." - EMA

"Gender on the Internet is so interesting, because, on one hand there’s this frustration and hate. But, in the beginning, some of the first people to make money on the Internet were webcam girls. Those words are always there, those slurs, those threats of violence, but there are a lot of women in power on the Internet; they have a perceived sense of popularity, and they take beautiful pictures of themselves all day, and people become fascinated. And there are those who wish they had that power. There’s this power dynamic. It’s complex. But like I said, there’s that super strain." - EMA

Mar 25

Where there once were working flats in Soho, there’s a map of its “redevelopment.”

Where there once were working flats in Soho, there’s a map of its “redevelopment.”

Mar 23

Departing Los Angeles for London

Departing Los Angeles for London

Mar 14

“Project ROSE founder Dominique Roe-Sepowitz… told an Al Jazeera interviewer last October, “Once you’ve prostituted, you can never not have prostituted. You are always identified even by yourself that way—having that many body parts in your body parts, having that many body fluids near you, and doing things that are freaky and weird really messes up your ideas of what a relationship looks like and intimacy.” (Roe-Sepowitz declined to comment for this story.) But what Project ROSE actually claims to provide is ways for women to leave sex work, which doesn’t involve finding other ways to have sex, but finding other ways to make a living. RH Reality Check asked Jaclyn Dairman of SWOP-PHX what Project ROSE was doing to meet the economic needs of women brought to the program. They aren’t, she said. “Project ROSE is taking that away from them.”” — 'I Have a Right to My Own Body': How Project ROSE Tries to 'Save' Sex Workers, new by me at RH Reality Check, including updates on Monica Jones’ trial over “manifestation of prostitution” charges resulting from a Project ROSE sting.

Honestly, just bumped into Annie Sprinkle getting off the train in DC today. Come find me out here, too, on the Playing the Whore US Launch. Over the next seven days, I’ll be in DC, NY, SF, and LA.

Honestly, just bumped into Annie Sprinkle getting off the train in DC today. Come find me out here, too, on the Playing the Whore US Launch. Over the next seven days, I’ll be in DC, NY, SF, and LA.

Mar 12

Posting my book thanks – xxx

Posting my book thanks – xxx