. Some much larger proportion of adult men can be sexually aroused by contemplating the bodies of well-formed adolescent boys.
The word ephebophilia
is not "newly invented," as Richard Goldstein claims ["The Double Standard," August 20], because nearly a century ago Dr.
You won't find ephebophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the thick volume most shrinks consult when they want to identify a patient's condition.
But it skirts the issue of ephebophilia by making Justin a singular sensation.
After defining ephebophilia
, in accord with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, as not a sexual disorder or paraphilia while allowing that it may have harmful effects on teenagers,(24) this report only pages later explicitly categorizes ephebophilia
as disease, paraphilia, and sexual disorder, and states that such phenomena are called diseases or disorders because they cause suffering or damage.(25)
It should be noted that the term "ephebophilia
," meaning sex with postpubescent adolescents, is rarely used by experts outside the Catholic church, has no clinical standing and is never used to refer to heterosexual acts.
, the attraction to adolescents, appears to be both treatable and curable.
* As seismic as the revelations of ephebophilia
and plain old consensual philandering by avowedly celibate clergy of either a gay or straight inclination are, the established church institutional structure, by your own editorial estimate, isn't likely to respond in any coherent and thorough fashion.