First to echo what others are saying about the class-- I am excited about this class. It seems as if this is one of the only classes that will be a breath of fresh air. Now on to the good stuff... :-)
Case studies--I am not a fan. First, case studies give us a very limited glimpse of a person story or situation. They also seem to take an air of objectiveness, which I think is impossible. The narrative comes from a third party (like a police report or social worker), I would rather hear from one person or multiple people. It seems almost impossible to deconstruct because it lacks so much. Also, case studies address the individual level within a systematic issue. That in and of itself is not problematic but when we start to offer up solutions based on the individual that is where it becomes an issue. Of course options are need for those who need immediate needs but those options lack solutions to systems of domination. How can solutions come from institutions that answer to and are funded by the system?
Women as victims--- they are not the only ones. I felt in our discussion that each deconstruction of the case study revolved around the woman or femininity as the victim/survivor. To me we cut ourselves short when we stop the discussion there. How about the men or the way masculinity functions in our society? Men are taught from the get go to act and move in the world in certain oppressive ways. Whether that is to show no emotion, to be hyper sexualized, violent, misogynistic, etc... they are constructed as much as any other form of oppression that exist out there. So we want to look at things in intersectionality, then how do we deal with masculinity? Black masculinity? Working class masculinity? Feminine masculinity? in relation to all the other forms of oppression?