'Extreme' porn? The implications of a label

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In: Porn Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, 24.10.2016, p. 295-307.

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Jones, Steve. / 'Extreme' porn? The implications of a label. In: Porn Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 295-307.

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