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What Is Gerontophilia?

I'm no scientist, but with a 60-year age difference, it's possible Hugh Hefner's fiancée, Crystal Harris, has a serious case of gerontophilia — a sexual attraction to someone much older than you. It's been in the spotlight lately with the Night Stalker case, since he sexually assaulted elderly women and has been labeled with the paraphilia. A Slate article today examines this atypical attraction, so if you're curious about this granny- and pa-loving condition, here are seven things you may not know about gerontophilia:

  1. The origin of the attraction could have less to do with an Oedipal complex and more to do with an early sexual experience that created an "erotic fixation."
  2. Not to be confused with "cougars," the sexual "target" should be 60 and older.
  3. Without scientific proof to back it (and questionably motivated examples like Anna Nicole Smith), it's possible female gerontophiles don't actually exist.
  4. Because there aren't criminal repercussions for being involved with an elderly person (unlike with children), it flies under the radar. So it hasn't been as scientifically explored as other sexual age orientations.
  5. Even gerontophilia has niche dating sites, such as and (NSFW).
  6. In the UK, approximately two to seven percent of all rape victims are over 60 years old.
  7. Some believe there's a connection between pedophilia and gerontophilia: a phobia of pubic hair.
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Kylian2684721 Kylian2684721 5 years
I don't agree with the 7th point...a phobia of pubic hair? It's a stupid thing for me...It's a sexual orientation simply like the other niches  (gay, fetish, etc...). If you check google results you'll find a lot of older sexy sites like I believe if a man want to have fun/relationship with an elderly woman can do it.
Vampyre Vampyre 6 years
Pistil, a lot of people lose their pubic hair as they get older, but then again, some don't. I've had patients that were bald and others that still had a full bush. A lot of it has to do with genetics.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Oh. I thought it might have been moneyfamephilia.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
7... maybe this is a stupid question, but I've never screwed anyone over 50... they don't have pubic hair?
Colleen-Barrett Colleen-Barrett 6 years
Well, it's about time somebody named it.
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