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Korephilia is a paraphilia and sexual attraction of a woman towards a pubescent or postpubescent girl; that is, pedophilia. Some sources describe it as lesbian hebephilia or lesbian ephebophilia while others describe it as the feminine equivalent to pederasty, which constitutes an adult male and young boy.[1] The word korephilia comes from Greek, specifically, κόρη kórē meaning "girl" and φιλία philíā meaning "love".[2] In contemporary times there has been an increase in depictions of korephilic relations in popular culture. These include The Vagina MonologuesWikipedia, where an older woman seduces a thirteen year old girl, the 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest ColourWikipedia, which depicts a 15 year old schoolgirl with an adult woman,[3] and The RunawaysWikipedia, released in 2010, which features an erotic scene between an underage Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, which raised questions on whether the film has raised any age of consent laws violations in the U.S. where it was filmed.[4]


  1. 1993, David T. Evans, Sexual Citizenship: The Material Construction of Sexualities (2004), chapter 8, page 220:
  2. Howell, James (2008). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality Through History: The modern world. p. 171.
  3. Cefai, Sarah. "The lesbian intimate: capacities for feeling in convergent media contexts." Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 11.1 (2014): 237-253.
  4. McKillop, Nadine (2011). The nature of child sexual assault. p. 9.