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Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism. / Roberts, Celia.

In: European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, 05.2013, p. 138-154.

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Roberts, C 2013, 'Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism', European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 138-154. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506812456458

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Roberts, C. (2013). Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20(2), 138-154. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506812456458

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Roberts C. Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism. European Journal of Women's Studies. 2013 May;20(2):138-154. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506812456458

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Roberts, Celia. / Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism. In: European Journal of Women's Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 138-154.

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