Women today are turned on by intelligence in men, which is called sapiosexuality
If the early 2000s marked the spotlight on well-groomed metrosexuals, it was followed by the macho retrosexuals in the latter half of the decade. The past few years spoke about the kitchen-loving gastrosexual men. This year has seen women taking a fancy to the intellectual man — the sapiosexual. A character like Riz Ahmed’s in Mira Nair’s latest release is an example of this trend. Sapiosexuality is getting aroused not by the physical appearance of a person, but through his or her intelligence. Recent times have seen women, particularly, falling for men who fit this bill.
Says social psychologist Anisha Coutinho, “If we look at films, for instance, the kind of subaltern idols being celebrated in a more mainstream fashion, be it filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee or Sujoy Ghosh, or actors like Irrfan Khan and Abhay Deol, are all reasons for believing how women prefer brains to mere good looks these days and it is high time that reflected in the films too.” People also opine that women today are looking for intellectual stimulation, when in a relationship. Dr Anjali Chhabria, psychiatrist, says, “Traditionally, women have been intelligent than men and, hence, they always looked for intelligence in men.
The man-woman relationship first started through the need for protection. Today, a woman can do what a man does, if not more than that. Thus, when she wants to relate to a man, she looks for intellectual stimulation before anything else. This is the basis for many of the relationships today.”