‘Delicate’ Cutters: Gendered Self-mutilation and Attractive Flesh in Medical Discourse

  title={‘Delicate’ Cutters: Gendered Self-mutilation and Attractive Flesh in Medical Discourse},
  author={Barbara Jane Brickman},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={111 - 87}
  • B. Brickman
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Sociology
  • Body & Society
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