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May Friedman

May Friedman

Media & Culture, Politics & Policy
DepartmentSocial Work (Ryerson)
Areas of ExpertiseEmbodiment, Feminism, New media, Women's studies, Fat studies, motherhood studies

May Friedman’s research looks at unstable identities, including bodies that do not conform to traditional racial and national or aesthetic lines. May blends social work, teaching, research, writing and parenting and her passions include social justice and reality TV (she is firmly in favour of living with contradiction). Recent publications include explorations of fat and fertility, reproduction and parenting, examinations of fat temporalities and writing on the intersections of family and social media platforms such as Instagram. 

Sample of supervised ComCult projects:

2020 - Siena Maxwell; Major Research Paper: An Exploration of Suicide Reporting in Canadian Newspapers

2019 - Calla Evans; Thesis: Inviting the Infinifat Voice to the Fatshion Conversation: An Exploration into How Superfat Women Access Fashion

2017 - Anna Frey; Thesis: Who’s Laughing Now? Survivors of Sexual Violence Joke About Rape

2017 - Katherine Louise Moore; Thesis: Superheroes Through Time And Space: Intersecting Representations of Nation, Hero, And Masculinity In Superman And Doctor Who