20: Melissa Gira Grant: Cam Girls

Sex drives technology, no doubt about it. In this week’s episode, journalist Melissa Gira Grant gives Tina a history lesson in cam girls: how they’ve gone from surveillance performance art to social media microcelebs to the future of sex work. From commercial hardcore Skype shows to nonconsensual revenge porn, this episode traces the evolution of naked digital representations.

Discussed: Setting Your Watch by a 3 Minute Dildo Show / Stoya’s Instagram Feed / A Man’s Voice Enters the House Through the Telephone / The Vanguard of Personal Boundaries / Sitting On A Cake / Menstruation Porn / The Worst Thing That Could Happen to Fake Julia Roberts / Information Overload

This episode also features a preview of Rachel Kramer Bussel’s new book of essays Sex and Cupcakes!



Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else (and currently living in New York). Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. Her reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, The New York Times, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, and Valleywag, among other publications.