The Puzzle of Male Chronophilias: Response to Commentaries
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I am very grateful for the thoughtful commentaries to my target article, in which I summarized my thinking about male age preferences and provided a conceptual framework for guiding future research (Seto, 2016). In the target article, I began with a purposefully broad definition of sexual orientation, extended the argument from Seto (2012) to suggest that other chronophilias besides pedophilia resemble sexual orientations for other age/maturity categories, and situated chronophilias in a multi-dimensional space that included other seemingly fundamental variations in sexual preferences, including self-other, species, living–non-living, and activities. I then discussed what we know about chronophilias other than pedophilia and teleiophilia (young sexually mature adults): Nepiophilia (infants), hebephilia (pubescent children), ephebophilia (sexually maturing adolescents), mesophilia (a neologism for middle-aged adults), and gerontophilia (elderly).
My coverage of different ideas was...
KeywordsSexual Orientation Sexual Arousal Sexual Attraction Sexual Offense Sexual Stimulus
I would like to thank Kelly Babchishin, Meredith Chivers, and Skye Stephens for their very helpful feedback on an earlier version of this response.
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