Lately, people have been attributing this problem to “ephebophilia,” but ephebophilia is a preposterous concept, as all gay men and all straight men are ephebophiles. Ephebophilia refers to either the preferential attraction or, popularly, the mere attraction of adults to 15-19 year old young adults and adults.
If we adopt the concept of ephebophilia as maximal attraction to this age group with strong or normal attraction to adults too, it becomes clear that all men are ephebophiles. The only men who are not are hebephiles and pedophiles.
Gay men are maximally attracted to 18-19 year old men, which follows from popular culture noting that gay men like ’em young. Therefore, all gay men are ephebophiles because they are maximally attracted to 18-19 year old men, with the important exception of gay hebephiles and pedophiles.
All straight men, incredibly enough, are also ephebophiles! That is because straight men are maximally attracted to young women aged 18-24. As this includes 18-19 year old women, it is an absolute fact that all straight men are ephebophiles, with the exception once again of straight hebephiles and pedophiles.
When the behavior of 100% of men end up meeting criteria for some mental disorder, that entity is no longer pathological. It is simply normal, healthy, and adaptive. The “ephebophilia” of both straight and gay men is completely normal behavior in every sense of the word. So any time you see this word used as a disorder, you need to think again.
Apparently, one concept of ephebophilia would be if you could find men who were maximally attracted to 15-19 year old young adults and had little to no attraction to adults aged 20+. No one knows if such people even exist, gay or straight! If this is a valid concept, please show me in the lab where you have identified a population of men with maximal attraction to mid and late teens and little to no attraction to adults aged 20+.
As far as I am concerned, there is no reason to believe that such men even exist. If they exist, do a lab study and prove it!
In other words, the very concept of ephebophilia as some pathological disorder, attraction, or orientation is risible if not out and out preposterous. Shame on any serious person who suggests otherwise!
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I am beyond convinced that the extreme suppression of an entire gender’s fundamental, basic, healthy desire that 100% of men have in their hearts is one of the primary reasons, if not the primary reason, for the extreme dysfunction of the English-speaking world.