Melissa Gira Grant

  • A Life’s Work

    When asked "What made you a feminist?," I have to search my memory to locate some story that might be easily shared, and this is the one that at times has sounded good enough: I found feminism between the first two documents I came across that seemed to take the word for granted. One was a copy of Ms. magazine, the other a sex-toy-and-porn catalogue from a store called Good Vibrations. At the time, in 1993, when I was in my teens, one could imagine a feminism that occupied the uncertain, unmapped space between the two—between, loosely speaking, a second and a third wave. That's where I've

  • IX Lives

    In the spring of 2015, Jon Krakauer, the author of best sellers about mountaineering and Afghanistan, moved into new territory that, he implied, was too-little understood. He reported on “a rash of sexual assaults” against female college students that took place in a single town, Missoula, Montana, between 2010 and 2012. Krakauer informs the reader that, statistically, Missoula is no worse than the average American town when it comes to rape and how poorly the reported cases are handled. Rape, he writes, “is a much more common crime than most people realize.” And: “Rape, it turns out, occurs