Melissa Gira Grant on Challenging the Myths about Selling Sex
April 11, 2014
Hosted by Tristan Taormino
This week features Melissa Gira Grant, writer and freelance journalist whose latest book is Playing The Whore: The Work of Sex Work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Grant dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the "legitimate" economy only harms those who perform sexual labor. The interview was recorded live at CatalystCon East 2014.
Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino
Friday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
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Join award winning author, speaker, sex educator and filmmaker Tristan Taormino as she explores the world of sexuality from every angle. Tristan will interview leading authors, educators, artists and icons and give you an uncensored, inside look at alternative sexual practices and communities. She’ll delve into topics from the popular to the taboo, including erotic fantasies, BDSM, non-monogamy, the adult industry, and more. Tristan will answer your questions on the air sharing her fifteen years of experience and honest, down to earth, sex-positive advice. Open your mind and expand your erotic horizons. Tune in to Sex Out Loud, live every Friday at 5 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
Tristan Taormino is an award winning author, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the author of seven books, including The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She has edited 25 anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink and the Lambda Literary Award winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse. For nine and a half years, she wrote a column in The Village Voice and has written an advice column for Taboo Magazine since 1999.
As the head of Smart Ass Productions, she directs and produces adult sex education and erotic films, including The Expert Guide series for Vivid Entertainment. Her films have won more than a dozen awards, and she was honored with the prestigious Feminist Porn Trailblazer Award in 2010. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 300 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, and Playboy. She has appeared on HBO’s Real Sex, Ricki Lake, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, MTV, CNN, NBC, and The Discovery Channel. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, and NYU. She teaches sex and relationship classes around the world.