Manliness and Impenetrability in Roman Thought," pp. Several years ago, a team of scientists led by Trevor Hart at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta studied a group of of gay male participants. The term hebephilia is sometimes used to describe adult sexual attractions to adolescents or children who have reached puberty. Roman men were free to enjoy sex with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status, as long as they took the dominant or penetrative role. A serious problem with this study is that the researchers didn't control for the possibility that some of the faces pictured in the photos might simply have been more or less physically attractive than the others, independent of their age or gender. By contrast, heterosexual men rated the year old female faces the most attractive about 5with the and year old female faces rated lower between 2 and 3 and the year old female faces rated the least attractive about 1. Dutsch, Feminine Discourse in Roman Comedy:
In his novel The Golden Asshe describes one group who jointly purchased and shared a concubinus.
Pediatrics, 94 For the present discussion, the important point is that many child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as homosexuals, heterosexuals, or bisexuals in the usual sense of those terms because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Exoletus pl. While relationships in ancient Greece involved boys from 12 to about 17 or 18,  in Renaissance Italy they typically involved boys between 14 and 19,  and in Japan the younger member ranged in age from 11 to about
Journal of Homosexuality.