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Christine Labuski Wins Claire Goldberg Moses Award

Christine Labuski (CSWGS Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2010) was recently awarded the Claire Goldberg Moses award for the "most theoretically innovative article" published in Feminist Studies in 2013. Christine won the award for her article, "Vulnerable Vulvas: Female Genital Integrity in Health and Dis-ease," which the editorial collective at Feminist Studies deemed "destined to become a classic" in the field of women's health and in feminist medical anthropology. 

Based on thirteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in a vulvar specialty clinic, the article argues that genital pain should not be analyzed outside of its cultural context(s). Through the concepts of female genital dis-ease and genital alienation, Labuski connects medical conditions about which most clinicians are under-educated to a host of social cues through which women learn to disinvest from their genital bodies. "Vulnerable Vulvas" will appear in the forthcoming issue of Feminist Studies, 40:2.

Christine is currently an assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech, where she directs the Gender, Bodies, & Technology initiative. She is also a faculty affiliate in the Science and Technology Society program.