Power of attraction
The power of attraction refers to a certain type of power, often (but not always) held by the younger partner in adult-minor relationships.
Here, it is held that the fleeting rarity of the youth's physical beauty, and its exclusive appeal to the older partner allows the youth to pursue social and financial benefits not normally accessible to same-age partners.
The natural ability of teenage boys to use their androgynous features in the pursuit of older males, has been suggested as a major reason for the high frequency of pederasty throughout the ages. This is often pointed out in the literature, with reference to an evolutionary argument detailing for example, other benefits that teenage boys provide to marginalized hunter-gatherer males and the benefits that the boys receive in return, such as knowledge, status and access to females (essentially, becoming a man).
- Evolutionary arguments - Present in Rind and Yuill (2012).