Women, Cheesecake, and Borderline Material: Responses to Girlie Pictures in the Mid-Twentieth-Century U.S.

  title={Women, Cheesecake, and Borderline Material: Responses to Girlie Pictures in the Mid-Twentieth-Century U.S.},
  author={Joanne Meyerowitz},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={35 - 9}
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