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Making a spectacle out of herself - Bobby Baker's take a peek! / Aston, E .

In: European journal of womens studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, 08.2004, p. 277-294.

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Aston, E 2004, 'Making a spectacle out of herself - Bobby Baker's take a peek!', European journal of womens studies, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 277-294. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506804044463

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Aston, E . / Making a spectacle out of herself - Bobby Baker's take a peek!. In: European journal of womens studies. 2004 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 277-294.

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