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A pedophile with a thesaurus
Ephebophile (pedophile): I like...uh...'adolescents'
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A person who is erotically attracted to post-pubescent youths (i.e. males in their mid- to late-teens). A pedophile, by contrast, is attracted to pre-pubescent children.
See also ephebophilia.
Many perfectly normal people throughout history have been ephebophiles.
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The word ephebophile derives from Greek, with the individual root meanings of ephebo-, "youth", and phile, "one who is attracted to". In this case, "youth" does not mean "child", but rather a young adult, such as they are capable of reproduction and are biologically an adult regardless of the arbitrary age of adulthood defined by the government of ones country.

It happens to be the case that if you are below this arbitrary age and are attracted to someone of the same age, that this is not considered wrong, but "normal". However, if you even are slightly outside of this age range and are attracted to one within this age range, that is considered not normal, but "wrong".

In the instance of a male 18 years old being attracted to a female 17 years old, this is a more socially acceptable form of ephebophilia. However, there are even some who would argue that since a law is invented by humans, such as having arbitrary but not actual value even, that it is absolute.

Male being attracted to female, such is more natural as mammary glands are indicative of biological adulthood. Female being attracted to male, it is a bit less visually deterministic.
Guy 1: hey, she looks nice.

Guy 2: dude, shes younger than the arbitrarily defined age of adulthood, so you're an ephebophile!
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Psychiatry - a person who is sexually attracted to mid-to-late adolescents, generally aged 15 to 19; not a pedophile. Origin: From Greek, "Ephebe" (early manhood).
It turns out the chick across the street is a ephebophile after all. I just caught her kissing that new guy in the tenth grade!
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