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Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses.

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Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses. / Roberts, Celia.

In: European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2004, p. 27-44.

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Roberts, Celia. / Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses. In: European Journal of Women's Studies. 2004 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 27-44.

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