Can we try and be accurate about the late Mr. Savile’s sexual preferences? [alleged]
"J. Street Porter:
Savile, like all paedophiles, was interested only in people who had no power to resist or complain, unlikely to cause trouble."
"Yes, I know it’s a common enough term. But accuracy in such things is important I feel.
"In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: for instance, ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents, hebephilia to refer to the sexual preference for earlier pubescent individuals, and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent children. However, the term pedophilia is commonly used to refer to any sexual interest in minors below the legal age of consent, regardless of their level of physical, mental, or psychological development."
Among the male of the human species ephebophilia is perhaps the natural state. Perhaps not quite as far as a specific preference for but certainly the way The Good Lord* made us all those girls who have just recently matured to fertility are the very definition of sexually attractive.
And it does seem that Savile was an ephebophile. Possibly on the verges of hebephilia but not, in that strict usage, a paedophile.
The truth is, ephebophilia in human males is normal even if societally repugnant.
Yes, I know you can say the same thing about murder: the murder rates of hunter gatherer societies make that one of the leading causes of death among males. Normal and societally repugnant. But it is still true, male attraction to teenage lovelies is simply normal. [the difference is, harm (or lack of it), Tim]
Fun fact: it’s generally accepted that homo sapiens sapiens‘ exceptionally long lifespan is a result of the couplings, over the many generations, of those dirty old men with younger and still fertile women.
* OK, OK, evolution then"