Christine Labuski received the Claire Goldberg Moses Award for her 2013 article “Vulnerable vulvas: Female genital integrity in health and disease,” published in issue 39.1 of Feminist Studies. The award recognizes the most theoretically innovative article published in Feminist Studies each year, and was created in 2011 to honor Claire G. Moses on her retirement as editorial director of the journal.
"Vulnerable Vulvas" is based on ethnographic fieldwork that Labuski conducted in a vulvar specialty clinic, and is part of a larger book manuscript entitled "It Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain" (forthcoming from SUNY Press). Both the essay and the book focus on the experiences of women with chronic and unexplained genital pain, who must learn to frankly discuss a part of their body about which they are normally encouraged to remain silent.
Dr. Christine Labuski is a cultural anthropologist and an assistant professor in the Women's and Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include gender and sexualities, medical anthropology, and feminist science studies, and she teaches courses in Gender and Science, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and Sexual Medicine. She is currently investigating the economic and bodily impacts of an oil "boom" on women in North Dakota.
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