BA, MA, MSW, PhD
School of Social Work | Ryerson University
May blends social work, teaching, research, writing and parenting, often in the same five minute period. Her book, Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood was published by the University of Toronto Press in early 2013 and won the 2015 Women’s and Gender Studies/Recherches feministes Outstanding Scholarship Prize. She has also recently edited books about gender fluid parenting (Chasing Rainbows, Demeter Press 2013) and the international SlutWalk movement (Demeter Press, 2015). In addition, May has written book chapters and journal articles on topics as diverse as motherhood and sexuality, reality television, and size acceptance and fat activism. May has also been the recipient of a number of grants which have allowed her to explore topics including motherhood and criminalization; the intersections of social work and activism; and the impacts of fatphobia on queer bodies. May combines her robust SRC activities with a love of teaching and a deep commitment to service work as she continues to explore the intersections between these realms
Through Thick and Thin
Principal Investigator: Jen Rinaldi (OUIT), Loralee Gillis (Rainbow Health Ontario)
Co-Investigators Investigators: Carla Rice, Karleen Jiminez Pendleton, May Friedman, Jill Andrew, Elizabeth Harrison, Andrea LaMarre, Margaret Robinson, Deborah McPhail
Funding: Women’s College Hospital Foundation ($75,000)
- 2016 Friedman, May and Schultermandl, Silvia. Click and kin: Transnational identity and quick media. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
- 2015 Friedman, May. Reproducing fat-phobia: Reproductive technologies and fat women’s right to mother. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI), 5(2), 27-41.
- 2015 Friedman, May. Unpacking MILF: Exploring motherhood, sexuality and feminism. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice 36(2): 49-60.
- 2015 Friedman, May. Mother blame, fat shame and moral panic: Obesity and child welfare. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 4(1), 14-27.
- 2014 Friedman, May. Survivor Skills: Why I want to teach Reality TV. Accepted at Dialogue: The interdisciplinary journal of pedagogy and popular culture, 1(2). http://journaldialogue.org/issues/issue-2/survivor-skills-authenticity-representation-and-why-i-want-to-teach-reality-tv/