This word does not appear in my 2004 Random House Unabridged Dictionary. But sources on the Net define it as, “One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.”

Since I love the idea of making up words, I went looking for definitions and opinions. The opinions were not exactly flattering.

A shibboleth used by poseurs attracted to the appearance of intelligence rather than actual intelligence. People genuinely attracted to intelligence know that the word “intelligence” is derived from the Latin “intelligere”; that the Latin participle for wisdom is “sapiens,” not “sapio”; and that the Latin “sapio” means something that tastes good.

It means to be sexually attracted to intelligence above other qualities. In reality, it’s just a pretentious attempt at making yourself sound intellectual.

A person who likes writers is not a scribosexual, a person who likes lawyers is not a jurosexual, and a person who loudly proclaims that they only date smart people might be dangerously full of themselves, but they’re not a “sapiosexual.”

Another word that intrigued me when it first appeared is “metrosexual.” That’s not in my dictionary either, but defined on the Net as a young, urban, heterosexual male with liberal political views, an interest in fashion, and a refined sense of taste.

Then there’s “technosexual,” an individual who has a strong aesthetic sense and a love of gadgets.  Or a person, male or female, who is so deeply enthralled with technology they discuss it with a level of passion that most people reserve for sex. Not always a geek or a nerd, but generally someone who has the latest and greatest everything.

In this sense, it is a portmanteau word combining “technophile” and “metrosexual,” which was first promoted as meaning, “a dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle and gadgets; a straight man who is in touch with his feminine side but has fondness for electronics such as cell phones, PDAs, computers, software, and the web.”

Companies have tried to promote the concepts of the metrosexual and technosexual in order to sell products. Calvin Klein went as far as trademarking the term “technosexual” in 2005.

It all sounds a bit complicated to me. Honestly, I think I’d only be sexually attracted to somebody who’d make me a bell pepper and Havarti cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread.  Though that might be because lunchtime is getting close.

  One thought on “sapiosexual

  1. Pat Steward
    June 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Haha. I loved this one. Well I love them all. Thanks Irene

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. June 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Sapiosexual- a term I never heard of until you brought it to my attention today, Lea- is the perfect way to describe yours truly. It’s much more important for a girl or woman- or a boy or man, too- to be intelligent than physically attractive, and use that intelligence rather than their physical body- in any form or fashion- to help them navigate their way through life. That way, they get in a lot less trouble, and, even when they do get into it, they can always use it to help them get out of it in a more effective way than any other.

    That’s why I make most of the leading characters in my stories smart as whips. Especially the female ones, of whatever species. The readers I hope to reach and influence the most are the ones who need to have those kinds of characters as their inspirations in life. Fortunately, as a television animation fan, I have a whole rolodex of existing characters to help me provide templates for my characters in that regard.


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