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Hebephilia and Other Chronophilic Puzzles

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  1. The Kramer (2008) and Whiting et al. (2009) data and interpretations suggest that early birthing (i.e., just under age 14) would not have been selected against, despite its slight average suboptimality (as suggested in Kramer’s sample), owing to its benefits for some individuals in high-constraint environments.

  2. For example, consider three prototypical females: A (age 14, high reproductive value), B (age 24, peak fertility), and C (age 34, low reproductive value). A preference for A over C clearly implies a greater probability of reproductive success (i.e., lifetime fertility).

  3. The most recent nonclinical evidence appeared in Rind and Welter’s (2016) analysis of the Kinsey male “homosexual sample” (i.e., extensive postpubertal homosexual experience, but quite varied in sexual orientation). In response to their first postpubertal homosexual experience, most pubescent boys (≤ 14) with men enjoyed it “much,” the top scale value on this measure (76 %), few had emotionally negative reactions (e.g., fear, disgust) (19 %), and their reactions to these hebephilic sexual relations were not inferior to men’s reactions to sex with other men (i.e., androphilic relations: enjoyed much = 68 %; emotionally negative = 16 %).


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Rind, B. Hebephilia and Other Chronophilic Puzzles. Arch Sex Behav 46, 47–51 (2017).

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  • Sexual Attraction
  • Japanese Macaque
  • Sexual Pattern
  • Cultural Ideology
  • Peak Fertility