Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 35–38 | Cite as

“Chronophilia”: Appreciating 150 Years of Puzzle-Solving

  • Diederik F. JanssenEmail author

Appreciating Seto’s (2016) article on what he calls the “puzzle” of male erotic age preference requires locating it in the wider history of sexuality’s characterization as a set of puzzles. Such a localization has fascinatingly been deprived of scholarly interest although preliminary sketches have been offered (Janssen, 2014, 2015; Kämpf, 2016). Seto grants erotic age preference the cachet of a research puzzle in pushy naturalistic terms of etiology, course, and prevalence. This frame, home to career-specialists in “sexual abuse” such as Seto, has prestige, but it also has its limits (Janssen, 2016a). That Seto, dutifully, “declares no conflicts of interest,” intrigues: As is true for all sex researchers, framing Eros as a puzzle begging to be solved does translate to job security, funding, and lifetime achievement awards. In this light, what to make of Seto’s proposal to capture one of today’s Western world’s flagship scandals (“pedophilia”) in terms of one of its flagship...


Sexual Orientation Tanner Stage Pedophilia Fetishism Amorous Orientation 
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  1. 1.NijmegenThe Netherlands

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