Absolute Beginner

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An Absolute Beginner is term used especially in Germany for an adult who has negligible or no sexual or romantic experience.

Terminology

ABs are on occasion called eternal singles[1] or involuntary singletons.[2] The term originated in Germany in the late 1990s to refer to people who are involuntarily single or become involuntary virgins way into adulthood.[3] The etymology of the term derives from a David Bowie song.[4] Absolute Beginners sometimes abbreviate their self-identification as AB.[5] Rheinische Post defines AB's as those above the age of 20 with no romantic experience whatsoever.[6] Sexologist Monika Büchner defines the Absolute Beginner as one who has never had sex by their 25th birthday.[7] The concept is analogous to the English term love-shyness.[8]

Overview

The reasoning behind their sexlessness varies from psychological issues, an unsocial life, shyness, being socially inept, or a lack of initiative in making the first move.[3] Absolute Beginners gradually developed into communities that culminated into self-help groups of the same name.[4] AB's sometimes communicate with one another on online forums. They vary in age, including vicenarians, tricenarians and quadragenarians.[5] In some online forums, the hallmark of being an Absolute Beginner is beyond the age of twenty if one still has had no sexual or romantic experience.[9] In online forums, AB's sometimes discuss tribulations associated with their status such as pressures to date and the embaressments and secrecy associated with their inexperience.[10] This is sometimes derived due to social pressure in Germany to have a romantic partner.[11] Awareness of the AB community in Germany has increased.[12] Some German AB's have attempted to document their lifestyle in order to explore the reasoning behind their ineffectiveness at courtship.[13] There are also AB-specific coaches who specialize in giving therapy to AB's.[14] Some of the causes of AB include having a busy career, and its time-consuming nature leaving few options for romantic pursuits,[15] a perception of themselves as unattractive and the subsequent low-self esteem,[16] prudish parents[8] seclusion due to some illness[17] fear of beratement of their fetish,[18] erotophobic family members who demonize the libido,[19] disagreements on who should make the first move,[20] or a traumatic experience during their introductory stage of sexploration.[21] Heterosexual Absolute Beginners have described themselves as feeling invisible to the opposite sex.[22] Factors contributing to German women being Absolute Beginners include attending a single-sex educational institution that discouraged freemixing between the genders, enochlophobia, misinterpreting flirtation as mere friendliness, a fear of being friendzoned,[23] and an exigent personality.[24]

Treatment

The degree of the phenomenon varies as some AB's never had any form of physical intimacy, including kissing or holding hands. Sexologist Jakob Pastötter recommends therapy to remove inhibition and anxiety. In the Netherlands the organization Aquarion helps AB's by giving lessons on dating and relationships, as well as offering reservations wherein AB's can book sex sessions with one another.[8] Author Arne Hoffman recommends any phyisical activity such as dancing or sports as a method to increase an AB's confidence levels.[25] Members of some online German forums have set up self-help groups, fellowships and therapeutic programs on the topic.[26] Some analysts have suggested using the internet to facilitate opportunities for mingling with others.[27] However, others suggest that the increasing individualization of society suggests singlehood is normal.[28]

Documentaries

In 2012, director Wolfram Huke published a German language autobiographical documentary, Love Alien, wherein he documents a year of his life as an "Absolute Beginner" between his 29th and 30th birthday. The film features his platonic connection with two female acquaintances; a female distant relative, and a Croatian woman, both of whom he viewed as potential partners. The latter parts of the film show him discussing courtship strategies with a pschotherapist, several family members and random women who tell him how he should present himself. The film ends with a trip to Camino de Santiago on his 30th birthday where he declares that in spite of his efforts, he is still single.[29][30][31]

Another documentary on the topic is "Jungfrau sucht die grosse Liebe" (virgins looking for love), which features seven virgins who self-describe as AB's and their attempts at having their first romantic or sexual experience.[32]

Demographics

According to sex researcher Kurt Starke, 10% of male university students below 29 were virgins, thus Absolute Beginners. Psychotherapist Poschenrieder claims to have received roughly 150 counselling requests from Absolute Beginners.[33] Some sex researchers have claimed that Absolute Beginners are not rare,[34] while sex columnist Caroline Fux said that AB's are common.[1][35] The appearance of AB's has also been blamed on various factors including a skewed sex ratio, such as a surplus of women or a surplus of men in a particular region[36] According to Jakob Pastötter, President of the German Society for Social Science Research, the phenomenon of the Absolute Beginner is more prevalent among those with demisexuality.[15] Acording to sex consultant Sarah Nerb, one to two million adults in Germany are Absolute Beginners.[37] Roughly 5 percent of women in Germany are Absolute Beginners.[38] AB's come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.[39] AB's can be of any gender, they vary in their age groups and appearances.[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ungeküsst: Das Leben der Ewig-Singles". 14 May 2013. http://www.brigitte.de/liebe/singles/absolute-beginners--ungekuesst--das-leben-der-ewig-singles-10172232.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  2. "Absolute Beginner: Als Erwachsener noch unberührt". http://www.ksta.de/ratgeber/gesundheit/-leben-ohne-sex-als-erwachsener-noch-unberuehrt-4873782. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rundschau, Frankfurter. "Leben ohne Sex: Als Erwachsener sexuell unerfahren". http://www.fr.de/wissen/gesundheit/medizin/leben-ohne-sex-als-erwachsener-sexuell-unerfahren-a-795129. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Leben ohne Sex: Selbsthilfe für erwachsene Jungfrauen". http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/leben-ohne-sex-selbsthilfe-fuer-erwachsene-jungfrauen-a-571107.html. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Beziehungen: Zuletzt geküsst im Kindergarten". http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/beziehungen-zuletzt-gekuesst-im-kindergarten-1410279-p2.html. 
  6. Dalkowski, Sebastian. "Spätzünder: Wie ist es, mit 33 Jahren seine erste Freundin zu haben?". http://www.rp-online.de/panorama/deutschland/absolute-beginner-wie-es-ist-mit-33-seine-erste-freundin-zu-haben-aid-1.6356832. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  7. Bock, Astrid-Maria (7 September 2015). "Absolute Beginner hatten mit 25 keinen Sex". https://www.welt.de/vermischtes/article146108500/Mit-25-noch-nie-Sex-gehabt-Und-nun.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "40 und ungeküsst: In der Einsamkeitsfalle". http://www.nordbayern.de/panorama/40-und-ungekusst-in-der-einsamkeitsfalle-1.4847923. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  9. Maja Roedenbeck: And who kisses me? Absolute Beginners – When love is waiting for you, Berlin 2012, p. 54
  10. Maja Roedenbeck: And who kisses me? Absolute Beginners – When love is waiting for you, Berlin 2012, pp. 29–30, p. 86, p. 108
  11. "Absolute Beginner: Kein Sex als Erwachsener". 9 December 2016. https://www.maxima.at/2016/12/09/absolute-beginner-kein-sex-als-erwachsener/. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  12. Sprenger: Male Absolute Beginner. A communication-scientific approach to the explanation of partnerlessness, Wiesbaden, Germany
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Dokumentarfilm: Love Alien". 15 December 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131215173046/http://www.br.de/fernsehen/bayerisches-fernsehen/inhalt/film-und-serie/love-alien-30-maennlich-ungekuesst-dokumentarfilm-100.html. 
  14. "Was kann man tun, wenn man als Erwachsener noch nie eine Beziehung hatte?". Badische Zeitung. 9 April 2017. https://www.badische-zeitung.de/liebe-familie/was-kann-man-tun-wenn-man-als-erwachsener-noch-nie-eine-beziehung-hatte--135505195.html. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Gubela, Leonie (4 August 2017). "Wenn der Sex auf sich warten lässt". http://www.sueddeutsche.de/leben/jungfrau-mit-ende-wenn-der-sex-auf-sich-warten-laesst-1.3606372. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  16. Olaf Wickenhöfer: Unfreiwillig Single, Eine Studie zur Sozialisationsgeschichte und kulturellen Alltagspraxis, Tectum Verlag, Marburg 2004, page 42
  17. "Absolute Beginner: Als Erwachsener noch Jungfrau". http://www.rundschau-online.de/ratgeber/gesundheit/-leben-ohne-sex-als-erwachsener-noch-jungfrau-5592872. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  18. "Sexwünsche – Schweigen ist Gold?". Webmoritz.de. https://webmoritz.de/2014/03/22/sexwuensche-schweigen-ist-gold/. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  19. Bock, Astrid-Maria (8 September 2015). "Man muss Sexualorgane trainieren". https://www.welt.de/print/welt_kompakt/vermischtes/article146134017/Man-muss-Sexualorgane-trainieren.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  20. "Flirt-Blockade: Wenn keiner den ersten Schritt macht". http://www.t-online.de/leben/liebe/id_66124640/flirt-blockade-wenn-keiner-den-ersten-schritt-macht.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  21. "Ach so! - Wie geht man mit einer männlichen Jungfrau um?". http://www.bild.de/ratgeber/2016/tipps/wie-geht-man-mit-einer-maennlichenjungfrau-um-45387214.bild.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  22. Jacobs, Luisa (16 May 2016). "Das erste Mal: 24 Jahre Single". Die Zeit. http://www.zeit.de/campus/2016-04/das-erste-mal-sex-beziehung-single. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  23. "So geht Sex: Der große Ratgeber für (erwachsene) Jungfrauen". http://www.bild.de/ratgeber/2013/psychologie/so-geht-sex-der-grosse-ratgeber-fuer-jungfrauen-30677616.bild.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  24. "Singles: Darum gibt es so viele". http://www.t-online.de/leben/liebe/id_65059662/singles-darum-gibt-es-so-viele.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  25. Baermann, Franziska. "Ein Leben ohne Sex: Als Erwachsener noch Jungfrau sein". https://www.abendblatt.de/ratgeber/article109915745/Ein-Leben-ohne-Sex-Als-Erwachsener-noch-Jungfrau-sein.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  26. "Von Menschen, die noch nie Sex hatten". http://www.t-online.de/leben/liebe/id_17362324/absolute-beginners-mit-40-noch-jungfrau.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  27. "Jungfrau 40, findet im Internet". http://www.focus.de/digital/internet/internetforen-jungfrau-40-findet-im-internet_aid_327631.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  28. "So vermeiden Singles über 30 die Torschlusspanik". http://www.t-online.de/leben/liebe/id_55738496/so-vermeiden-singles-ueber-30-die-torschlusspanik.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  29. Sterneborg, Anke (19 May 2013). "Love Alien: 30, liebenswert – und noch nie eine Freundin gehabt". https://www.welt.de/kultur/kino/article116261835/30-liebenswert-und-noch-nie-eine-Freundin-gehabt.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  30. Slagman, Tim (17 May 2013). "Kinodoku "Love Alien": Ich armes, einsames Würstchen". Spiegel Online. http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/kino/kinodoku-love-alien-wolfrum-huke-auf-der-suche-nach-liebe-a-900181.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  31. Rosendorff, Kathrin (31 October 2016). "Erstes Mal mit 31: „Ich muss das erst lernen – Sex ist nicht so einfach“". https://www.welt.de/vermischtes/article159149444/Ich-muss-das-erst-lernen-Sex-ist-nicht-so-einfach.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  32. "RTL II-Dokusoap: Wie lebt es sich so ganz ohne Sex?". http://www.bild.de/ratgeber/partnerschaft/partnerschaft/sendung-jungfrau-sucht-liebe-erwachsene-jungfrauen-absolute-beginners-27961600.bild.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  33. "Uni-Sex: Welche Klischees stimmen wirklich?" (in Template:De icon). 2014-07-23. https://www.unicum.de/de/studentenleben/liebe-sex/was-du-schon-immer-ueber-uni-sex-wissen-wolltest. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  34. "Absolute Beginners: So gehen Sie mit einer männlichen Jungfrau um". http://www.news.de/reisen-und-leben/855636776/erwachsener-mann-und-immer-noch-jungfrau-wie-gehe-ich-mit-einer-maennlichen-jungfrau-um/1/. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  35. "Fux über Sex: «Alle finden jemanden, ausser ich»". https://www.blick.ch/ratgeber/liebe/fux-ueber-sex-alle-finden-jemanden-ausser-ich-id6145901.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  36. Heiratsmarkt und Marriage Squeeze. Analysen zur Veränderung von Heiratsgelegenheiten in der Bundesrepublik, Universität Heidelberg, Abgerufen am 1, September 2014
  37. "Sarahs Sexgeflüster: Später Einstieg in die Liebe". http://www.wochenblatt.de/nachrichten/regensburg/regionales/Sarahs-Sexgefluester-Spaeter-Einstieg-in-die-Liebe;art1172,447623. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  38. Imoli, Ivana. "Absolute Beginner – Leben ohne Liebe und Partner". https://www.srf.ch/wissen/mensch/absolute-beginner-leben-ohne-liebe-und-partner. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  39. "Sexualität: Viele Erwachsene hatten noch nie Sex". http://www.t-online.de/gesundheit/sexualitaet/id_15852972/sexualitaet-viele-erwachsene-hatten-noch-nie-sex.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 

Further reading

  • Für die Liebe ist es nie zu spät: Absolute Beginner - wenn Sie das erste Mal noch vor sich haben Taschenbuch (2016)

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