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Sapiosexual is sexual identity in which someone is attracted to intelligence or someone's mind rather than their physical appearance. The term was coined in the 1990s but came to be used in mainstream media following OKCupid's change in identity options on user profiles. The term has often been criticized as pretentious and ableist.


On March 15th, 2002, LiveJournal[1] user wolfieboy claimed to have invented the term in 1998 in a post:

Me? I don't care too much about the plumbing. I want an incisive, inquisitive, insightful, irreverent mind. I want someone for whom philosophical discussion is foreplay. I want someone who sometimes makes me go ouch due to their wit and evil sense of humor. I want someone that I can reach out and touch randomly. I want someone I can cuddle with.

I decided all that means that I am sapiosexual. I want to fuck with peoples minds. :)

I invented this term while on too little sleep driving up from SF in the summer of '98 and I'm trying to propagate it as much as possible. So please use it when appropriate…

But where's the gender in all that? That people that I find like that also happen to have marvelous, wonderful bodies happens to be a perq. Flesh is fun…


On December 4th, 2014, NPR[3][2] reported that within the next week OKCupid would add the term sapiosexual as a sexual identity option for user profiles. Since the term became more prevalent many criticized it for being pretentious and ableist.[5] On January 16th, 2015, the asexualadvice Tumblr[4] account made the point that

"they want to say that it’s the person’s personality and intellect that they find attractive, not their physical appearance. But pansexual covers that – pansexuality is where you are attracted to people of all genders based on traits that are not their gender, in essence.
Sapiosexuality is actually ableist and discriminatory. Intelligence is not a fixed characteristic, and there’s more than just one type of intelligence. A person’s mental ability affects their ability to gain different types of intelligence, so when you say you’re attracted to intelligence, you’re saying that you find mental disabilities unattractive, and that’s callous and ableist.

On March 6th, 2016, Facebook[6] group LS D MemeEmulator posted an ironic "admin reveal" which was an image of a person wearing a shirt that defines sapiosexual (shown below, left). The post gained 233 reacts in three years. On December 31st, Facebook[7] group HoodPocahontas posted "don't say you're sapiosexual unless you're willing to bag a dolphin (shown below, right). The post gained over 458 reacts in three years.


On October 24th, 2016, Facebook[10] group Fully Automated Luxury Liberalism posted an image with the caption "I'm a Sapiosexual that means I'm attracted to conventially beautiful women who are wearing glasses and holding a book" (shown below, left). The post accumulated over 1,000 reacts and 248 shares in three years. On June 2nd, 2017, the New York Times[8] published an article about sapiosexuality which features several interviews with sapiosexuals and Debby Herbenick, a professor of applied health science at the Indiana University School of Public Health, who said, "Scientists consider sapiosexuality less a sexual orientation than an identity. People who identify as sapiosexual may also identify as gay, straight, bisexual, asexual or something else." On June 6th, Redditor Roqueofspades posted to a screenshot of a r/sapiosexual post to r/iamverysmart[9] (shown below, right).

I'm a Sapiosexual. That means I'm attracted to conventionally beautiful women who are wearing glasses and holding books. Top Posts in r/sapiosexual Anyone ever masturbated to a university lecture?

Mark Ronson's "Good Morning Britain" Interview

On September 19th, 2019, Good Morning Britain uploaded their interview with music producer Mark Ronson to YouTube (shown below). In the interview Mark Ronson claims he is sapiosexual after discovering the word that day. The video garnered over 30,500 views in four days.

That same day, news of Mark Ronson's declaration spread to Twitter where many mocked the the claim or denounced the term sapiosexual. That day, Twitter user @NicoleFroio[11] tweeted, "Lemme make this clear. Sapiosexual is not part of the LGBTQ community. Sapiosexual is an ableist faux sexuality that only douchebags think is real" (shown below, left). The tweet gained over 22,900 likes and 6,400 retweets in four days. The next day, Twitter user @shonfaye[12] tweeted, "Mark Ronson is sapiosexual which means he’s attracted to people for their intellect. Which is cool. And I’m glad he’s found so many beautiful women under 35 whose intellect he’s attracted to x" (shown below, right). The tweet received over 800 retweets and 12,100 likes in three days.

nicole froio @NicoleFroio Lemme make this clear. Sapiosexual is not part of the LGBTQ community. Sapiosexual is an ableist faux sexuality that only douchebags think is real. Music News Facts @musicnewsfact Sep 19 Mark Ronson comes out as 'sapiosexual', meaning he is attracted to intelligence before gender. shon faye. @shonfaye Mark Ronson is sapiosexual which means he's attracted to people for their intellect. Which is cool And I'm glad he's found so many beautiful women under 35 whose intellect he's attracted to x 9:03 AM Sep 20, 2019 Twitter for Android

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Internet WTHA FOREWORD BY DAVE EGGERS David Foster Wallace Sapiosexual Starterpack XWIX Extraordinary. an astenishing and vast epic of cOntemeorare I didn't mean to ignore your toxts or to mako you believe I was interested, but unavailable. I'm very confused, but I know I can't be in a relationship "I'm interested in an individual's mind as apposed to the more common superficialites" with someone less cultured than I am. I really thought you were more worldly, but I think it was an honest mistake. >Exclusively chases slim white or asian girls from middle class backgrounds who are no less than 4 years younger than him Send okcupid blond fBLIND FOREST DEFINITVE EOITION 718258720 7 Reasons To Eat "Wealth inequality is one of my greater concerns" Halegn "Ah you went to Choate?" Infinite Jest Dalmirón @DalmaBenitez Sapiosexual 6 10:51 AM Feb 21, 2017 Twitter for iPhone aimeex3 Ross A. Lincoln @Rossalincoln Julian Assange's Twitter account is like the word "sapiosexual" came to life and started killing townsfolk. ENORME! dWalc Julian Assange En état de siège Julian Assange @julianassange Publisher @WikiLeaks; Refugee; Picking the lock to the chain that enslaves mankind--ignorance. No wars without lies no peace without truth. Viva el Ecuador! Ecuadorian embassy, London Joined October 2011 Born on July 3, 1971 11:20 AM Feb 14, 2017 Twitter Web Client Emerican Johnson - NonCompete @EmericanJohnson I'm a sapiosexual, meaning I'm exclusively attracted to people who are able to score highly on arbitrary tests developed by old white eugenicists 10:28 17 Sep. 19 Twitter Web App 382 Retweets 2,474 Likes > A poem about being sapiosexual If self-education is a way of life for you, if your curiosity is part of your worldview, if, at your full height, you still remember how to grow & you have no problem with admitting "I don't know," then there's some potential for arousal between us! Superficial beauty is a plus, but not a must. I'm sapiosexual-it's out of my control. So, if my affectionate devotion is your goal, turn me on by turning on my creativity; then, my love for you will last into eternity. Lucie Steiner @TheSteinbag I'm also sapiosexual. I only date guys who are smart enough to have a huge dong. 12:59 PM Sep 20, 2019 Twitter Web App

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