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Is Sapiosexuality a Sexual Orientation or Something Else?
Another debate around sapiosexuality is if it is a sexual orientation. The argument for it not being a sexuality is based on the fact sapiosexuality is about attraction to intelligence and not particularly to bodies.
Going out on a limb here, this is actually pretty silly as the definition of sapiosexuality is far too rigid. Although, there are no doubt many for whom this definition works fine.
For others, though, they might be queer, bisexual, or straight and still have a pronounced sexual attraction to someone they consider to be intelligent. Thinking of it this way, it could be argued that while it may not be an orientation, sapiosexuality might be more accurate to describe it as a fetish: something that is needed for sexual arousal or that makes it much more pleasurable.
Yet another angle to sapiosexuality is that many use the term not as being intellectually attracted to someone, but instead that they find lovers who approach sexual activities in a conscientious and thoughtful manner. This can include being present and aware about always practicing safe sex, diligently being safe, sane, and consensual during BDSM play, or just being a thoughtful and giving lover.
If it is or isn’t an orientation aside, how can you tell if you might be on the sapiosexual scale?And, if you decide you are, what next?
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Playing it Smart
As with many aspects of human sexuality making that decision is up to you and no one else. Unlike those intelligence exams, there’s no test with right or wrong answers set things in stone.
Rather, if you feel you might be on the sapiosexual scale take some time to personally explore that possibility. How, again, is up to you, but a suggestion might be to take time to ponder your own sexual response cycle. Look at how you respond to those you consider to be intelligent. Think about if you enjoy smart conversations before, during, or after sex, or if you have a preference for partners who approach erotic activities in a thoughtful manner.
After this pondering, if you decide that you actually are sapiosexual, or perhaps lean in that particular direction more often than not, you can go from there.
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Looking for Sex in All the Intelligent Places
As with determining if you’re aroused by intelligence, what you do with this information is a personal choice. Perhaps, armed with this self-knowledge, you’ll tweak how you seek out partners in the future, like adding that it’s important to you in your dating profile, asking pertinent questions about subjects you find intellectually arousing when you’re getting to know someone, or even actively looking for places or events were you feel smart people might congregate.
No matter where you go, though, do please keep in mind that sapiosexuality is, again, about having increased sexual desire over how smart you feel someone might be. Not being turned on by someone doesn’t mean they are necessarily stupid, only that your libido doesn’t respond to them as it does for others.
Sapiosexuality may or may not be something you’ve thought of before, or maybe this brief introduction to it has piqued your curiosity, intellectually or perhaps even erotically, but you have to admit that it’s done something important.
Perhaps as a society, we might, eventually, end up as a place where sexual desire is linked to what kind of a person they are—intelligent, thoughtful, conscientious, empathetic, and giving—instead of just to what they happen to look like.
Even if that never comes to pass, sapiosexuality has still done something important, it’s given us something to think about... and maybe even gotten us hot and bothered while doing so.