Notes on Dreamcatcher: Surviving Chicago’s Streets

8 Dec

Anti-Porn Feminists


This Storyville documentary is available on BBC iPlayer for a couple more days.

It is a very useful antidote to the ’empowered sex worker’ narrative we keep getting fed by sex industry advocates (the terms ‘sex work’ or ‘sex worker’ are not used once in the whole documentary); it shows the reality of street-based prostitution and the cycles of poverty, deprivation, abuse, and drug addiction that keep vulnerable women and girls on the street.

Brenda Myers-Powell was a street-based prostitute herself for many years, she is a part of the community she is serving with her outreach work. She waits for women and girls to be ready to change, there is no rounding women and girls up into ‘re-education camps’ (a favourite myth of sex industry advocates). Myers-Powell is unflinchingly honest about her own past behaviour, about her drug use, about her abandoning her children, about how she became a…

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