People who want only to have sex with smart people created their own ‘sexual orientation’

People who want only to have sex with smart people created their own ‘sexual orientation’
The patriarchy: full-throttle. (Image via Twitter)

Put simply, a sapiosexual is someone who finds intelligence to be the most important sexual trait— the kind of person who quotes Sylvia Plath in bed or, on the other end of the spectrum, argues about microeconomics on a first date. The term was allegedly coined by a top-hatted LiveJournal user named wolfieboy, “while on too little sleep driving up from SF in the summer of ’98.” But since its inclusion by OkCupid, the identity has gone mainstream: This past month, Merriam Webster announced it was debating whether or not to include it in the next edition of their dictionary. Meanwhile, a new dating app called Sapio would like to help you shoo away potential suitors who can’t quote Sartre on command.

According to Bernadette Libonate, a spokeswoman for OkCupid, the dating platform believed that including sapiosexuality “would be an interesting way for our users — who swing pretty intellectual — to search through, and present themselves to, the rest of the site.” She also clarified to Broadly that the addition of the option was aimed at improving user experience, and not meant as “a lofty declaration of what we recognize as ‘official’ orientations.”

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