Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 321–322 | Cite as

Hebephilia Plethysmographica: A Partial Rejoinder to Blanchard et al. (2008)

  • Diederik F. JanssenEmail author
Letter to the Editor

For even the most sober scientific investigator in science, the most thoroughgoing Positivist cannot dispense with fiction; he must at least make use of categories, and they are already fictions, analogical fictions, or labels, which give us the same pleasure as children receive when they are told the “name” of a thing. (Ellis, 1923, p. 89)

Money (1991) remarked: “I have a strong impression, although I’ve never proved this, that we ought to have a Greek word for twentyophiles, thirtyophiles, fortyophiles” (p. 5). What Money meant by this remark was to open up a more nuanced medical sociology of the intersection of erotic life and the life course, where sexuality, gender, and maturational categories function as much as clinically legible “classifiers” as situated and interdependent rubrics of identity and sociality. The recent suggestion to add hebephilia to the canons of psychiatric classification (Blanchard et al., 2008) carries no such message. Rather, it articulates a particularly...


Pedophilia Problematic Sexual Behavior Psychiatric Classification Statistical Accomplishment Offender Characteristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NijmegenThe Netherlands

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