- Pedophilia refers to a sexual preference for prepubescent children
- Nepiophilia, also called infantophilia, is used to refer to a sexual preference for toddlers and infants (usually ages 0–3).
- Hebephilia refers to a sexual preference for pubescent children.
- Ephebophilia refers to a sexual preference for individuals in mid- to late adolescence, usually 15-19 years old.
- Teleiophilia (from Greek teleios, “full grown”) is a term coined by sexologist Ray Blanchard to refer to the sexual interest in adults.
- Gerontophilia refers to the sexual preference for the elderly.
Professionals can not seem to agree on if these paraphillias are or are not mental disorders.
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) lists pedophilia as a mental disorder and the US Supreme Court has upheld the idea of pedophilia as a mental abnormality.
However, there are those – both respectable experts and pedophile apologists – who argue that pedophilia, should be removed from this list of mental disorders, just as homosexuality was removed in the 1970s
The thing that has to be remembered though is although these people have sexual impulces that are out side of societies norm, and that if acted upon may constitue as abuse, many such people lead perfectly normal lives never acting upon these impluses. On the other hand there are many who have sexually abused children (and other ages) who do not see theirselves as having any form of paraphillia, insted merely seeing their victim as an easy target. Unlike paraphillia which has it’s basis in sex generally abuse and rape have a greater basis in control, power and enjoyment/satisfaction of inflicting pain. This is not to say that no child abusers or rapists are paraphilliacs, just that not all paraphilliacs are abusers and rapists.
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