Lauren is a social worker and aspiring academic based in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BSW from the University of Calgary, and an MSW from Ryerson University. She is currently enrolled in the Social Work PhD program at McMaster University. Her areas of interest are non-normative sexual behaviour and gender studies, with a specific focus on dismantling discourses that position BDSM, kink, and fetish behaviour as “deviant”. Lauren is also an advocate for body positivity and fat activism, and is constantly working to question the things her family thinks she should already have accepted.