Blümchensex ("flowerlet sex"): A way of making love that focuses on tenderness and romance without too many experiments

roughly: “flowerlet sex” / meaning: the act of making love in a tender way without experiments

What’s going on in German bedrooms? Well, the short answer is: nothing too exciting, apparently.

According to a survey by the market research company YouGov, Germans largely prefer the missionary position. In fact, it is stated as being by far the most common form of lovemaking in the federal republic. Moreover, a recent survey by the Nuremberg Society for Consumer Research (GfK) shows that Germans tend to favor “rather tender sex” over “rather hard sex.” So, it seems like Germany is still a bastion of Blümchensex.

The word probably goes back to the fact that flowers are associated with something cute and innocent—which is exactly what’s going on during Blümchensex. You will mostly hear it in a negative context. For instance, from people with a preference for extravagant love plays. In this sense, you can roughly compare it to the English word “vanilla sex.” So, anyone who would rather chain their partner to the radiator than cuddle them for hours will probably make it unmistakably clear in their Tinder account, “I’m not into Blümchensex.”


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