Spooning

spooning by ron mueck

Spooning is a sexual position and a cuddling technique. The name derives from the way that two spoons may be positioned side by side, with bowls aligned. In the sexual spoons position, the penetrative partner lies on one side, with knees bent. The receptive partner also lies on the same side, with back pressed against the penetrative partner’s front. Both partners’ upper bodies may be pressed together or separated with just the pelvises connecting, and their legs can also rest on top of each other. The receptive partner may have to lift the upper knee to allow for easier penetration.

This rear-entry position allows for a great deal of physical intimacy, as there is full-body contact which allows for cuddling. However, there is little visual stimulation for either partner, as they are not facing one another and cannot see each other’s bodies fully. Variations on this position include the partners lying on their sides face-to-face or in the ‘scissors’ position. The spoons position may be preferable for couples who have just woken up or are very tired. It may be used if the woman is pregnant, even during the last trimester, because it does not put any pressure on the abdomen.

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