Cut off: Abandonment and Household Oppressions

This lesson plan is focused on the oppressions where the agent and target live in the same household. This makes the dynamics unique because they can rupture family relationships. The vulnerability of childhood puts people at high risks and can interrupt life-cycles. The intimate household dynamics allow for these oppressions to include invasive, cruel control mechanisms; and internalized oppression takes on a different weight when it's implanted by the people you love. Even in the case of supportive families, they may just be so different from their loved one that the family can't provide adequate support. Some examples of these oppressions are Transphobia, Ableism, Sizism, Sexism, Queerphobia.

These are the preparation materials, which would traditionally be the more passive, lecture component of the class. These are the materials that my students work with before we get together in class.

Cut-off Abandonment prep materials

This worksheet is what we would be doing in a 2-hour class period, where we have a chance to work together. This time is especially valuable because you can really apply the concepts you learned, while getting perspective and support from other folks. . The worksheet represents 2 hours of work in groups of 3.

This link will take you to a .doc file, for easier editing

Cut-off worksheet.pdf

This is a summary video I made for my online students. It might give you a sense of some of the ideas from the worksheet and an overall view of the ideas from that lesson.

Here are some great things that I couldn't include in the lesson, if you're interested, keep looking!

Cut off Extra materials

Connecting to a previous lesson


This lesson is connected to the lesson on social identities, and the symbols on the social location map. I roughly categorized some of the dynamics around visibility and family patterns as a thinking exercise. None of the categories are perfect, or complete, but thinking about similarities might help us develop empathy.


social location map.pdf