The Chronophilia Conundrum: Continuum or Epiphenomenon?
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Seto (2016) has summarized the literature on sexual interest and attraction dependent on the age of the desired partner in an impressive way. Based on the notion of sexual orientation as a multi-dimensional framework, he posits that sexual interest or preference for individuals of a particular age is represented by one of these dimensions. Consequently, Seto surmises that such age preferences, which he refers to as chronophilias, are ordered on a single dimension, ranging from nepiophilia (i.e., a sexual interest for toddlers and infants) to gerontophilia (i.e., a sexual interest for old-age individuals). Thus, Seto assumes a continuous and unimodal distribution of sexual interest with regard to age groups, with a peak for teleiophilic sexual interest (i.e., focusing on biologically mature individuals). Seto concedes that the shape of this distribution is not necessarily symmetrical. Rather, he expects the curve to be positively skewed, with a long right tail. This hypothetical...
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