Words: Steve Brown
Mark Ronson says he identifies as ‘sapiosexual’ – a term describing someone attracted to intelligence rather than gender.
The Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer appeared on Good Morning Britain today (September 19) to promote his new album ‘Late Night Feelings’.
During the interview, the term sapiosexual was used after French equality minister Marlene Schiappa was mocked for saying she identify with the term, a debate which Ronson reportedly got involved in backstage.
When host Kate Garraway asked him if he identifies as a man who likes intellect, Ronson replied: “Yeah, I didn’t know that there was a word for it.
“We were all arguing backstage in the dressing room with a couple of your producers. And yes, I feel like I am identifying as sapiosexual.”
Author Nichi Hodgson defended the term during the show and said: “The definition means intelligence first then attraction.
“I date men and women and identify as bisexual, and I realised the thing that linked all people that I have dated has been their brains.
“We know a certain percentage of the population is sapiosexual. It’s always existed we just didn’t have a word for it.”
Is it possible to be attracted to someone's intellect alone?— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) September 19, 2019
Dr Catherine Hakim says looks will always play a part in attraction, whereas Nichi Hodgson identifies as sapiosexual and says intelligence comes before looks or gender.
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