Sleeping With Younger Men: Women’s Accounts of Sexual Interplay in Age-Hypogamous Intimate Relationships

@article{Alarie2019SleepingWY,
  title={Sleeping With Younger Men: Women’s Accounts of Sexual Interplay in Age-Hypogamous Intimate Relationships},
  author={Milaine Alarie},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  year={2019},
  volume={57},
  pages={322 - 334}
}
  • M. Alarie
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • The Journal of Sex Research
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