Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 741–743 | Cite as

Hebephilia and Male Fertility

  • David C. Ryniker
Letter to the Editor
Blanchard et al. ( 2009) have referred to sexual attraction to teenagers or those in early puberty as ephebephilia or hebephilia and have proposed the latter as a subtype of Pedophilia in DSM-5 (see In response, Franklin ( 2010a) stated that “the existence of adults who are attracted to pubescent and postpubescent minors is biologically normative across cultures and eras” (p. 763). Franklin ( 2009, 2010a, b) has argued that hebephilia is a normal condition and that attraction to early pubescent teenagers is not a sign of disorder. For instance, she argued that “heterosexual men’s sexual attraction to pubescent girls was evolutionarily adaptive” (Franklin, 2010b, p. 819). She goes on to relate such attractions to Neanderthal strategies for survival “under harsh environmental conditions” (Franklin, 2010b, p. 819). She relates this to human evolution when she argued that:

As all students of Darwin know, evolutionary success strategies must be understood on a population-wide...


Sexual Desire Male Fertility Sexual Attraction Human Sexuality Harsh Environmental Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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