Oppression or Opportunity? Sexual Strategies and the Perception of Sexual Advances

  title={Oppression or Opportunity? Sexual Strategies and the Perception of Sexual Advances},
  author={Lisa Kl{\"u}mper and Sascha Schwarz},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychological Science},
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