Talk:Boylove in antiquity
The wealthy tend to be the ones who leave traces of themselves and their interests and activities in the historical records. The poor, being illiterate and preoccupied with earning a basic living and raising a family the best they could, have left few traces in the historical records.
Therefore, the records which exist about "Greek boylove" are most certainly incomplete. It may very well be that boylovers spanned all social and economic classes, though the existing records do not reflect this. To say that boylove existed only as an institution among "the upper classes" is a sociocentric view.
Current human sexual expression is widely varied, and there is little reason to believe that it has not always been so.
Studies by anthropologists of other so-called "primitive" cultures find intergenerational sexual relationships, though they often mischaracterize them and belittle them.