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Abstract: It is generally recognized that boys, and especially later prepubertal and young adolescent boys, are openly attracted to older boys and men. They identify with these more mature, most often unrelated males; they want to learn about the masculine world; they want to “be like” these people. This article examines previctimological and more recent literature to consider the extent to which boys’ generalized inclinations to explore, experience, and enjoy their emerging masculinity in the company of older males also may be manifested in their psychosexual developmental interests, desires, and activities. Insights from the literature concerning boys’ perspectives are taken into account, and various extraneous factors that may negatively affect boys’ psychosexual development are considered. The authenticity of this juvenile male androphilic sexuality is found to be supported, as is the repression thereof as a significant dynamic in young male social alienation and maladjustment.
In addition to courageously publishing this controversial article, Dr. Coleman issued a call for formal commentaries, the results of which are available here. A later commentary by Dr. Bruce Rind has been accepted by IJSH and is currently in the proofing process, as well as the author's response to that commentary.. These various publications hopefully will be significant in reopening the long suppressed dialogue concerning the issues of boyhood sexuality, but this discourse needs to reach beyond the readers of this one journal to more of the academic and professional community, and especially to the media and the general public. Readers are encouraged to inform their friends and associates about this article.
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