‘Girls who arouse dangerous passions’: women and bathing, 1900-39

  title={‘Girls who arouse dangerous passions’: women and bathing, 1900-39},
  author={Catherine Horwood},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={653 - 673}
  • C. Horwood
  • Published 1 December 2000
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  • Women's History Review
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