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He’s a What?

Enough has been written about Mark Foley in the past couple of weeks that I will refrain from discussing it. However, I found an into an interesting article that is not really about the scandal, but was only published because of it.


According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, pedophilia involves “intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger).” … [Foley] seems to suffer from a different condition: ephebophilia, which is defined as a sexual attraction to post-pubescent adolescents and older teenagers.


The article is made more interesting because it points out that the age of consent vary from state to state. For example, in Washington D.C., the age of consent is 16. (However, Florida’s age of consent is 18). Good ol’ Wikipedia further states:


In some cultures, for adults to include adolescents among their sexual interests is considered normal, such as those in which adolescent girls have routinely been married to adult men. Nonetheless, an open attraction to adolescents may be ridiculed or disparaged in some cultures as inappropriate or unhealthy, compared to forming a relationship with “someone your own age”; an attraction to adolescents is something one is expected to “grow out of”. In Japanese society, the attraction of men towards teenage girls (high-school students) is a visible cultural phenomenon. The manifestations of such attraction, such as lolicon art, school uniform fetishes, and sexual relations with teenage girls are tolerated more than in much of the Western world.


And if you think about it, much of Britney Spears’s success could probably be attributed to ephebophilia.

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