Reduced to Bad Sex : Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror. / Sjoberg, Laura; Gentry, Caron.

In: International Relations, Vol. 22, No. 1, 01.03.2008, p. 5-23.

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Reduced to Bad Sex : Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror. / Sjoberg, Laura; Gentry, Caron.

In: International Relations, Vol. 22, No. 1, 01.03.2008, p. 5-23.

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Sjoberg, Laura ; Gentry, Caron. / Reduced to Bad Sex : Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror. In: International Relations. 2008 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 5-23.

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