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If one more movie critic tries to publicly decipher this again I will hysterically vomit with rage.

I don't think your average cowboy has a clear concept of Shakespearean ethereal love.

"Stemming the Rose" in this crowd means planting your stem (penis) in someone's rosebud (anus). Get it?
I like to pull her knees up to her ears, stem the rose and finish with a Dirty Sanchez. Then we order pizza.
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Used in the movie Brokeback Mountain. Deeply analyzed; in fact, it's a term for anal sex because of the rosebud-like appearance of the anus.
"(Jack)Twist, you guys wasn't gettin' paid to leave the dogs babysittin' the sheep while you stem the rose."
by HannahBear December 22, 2006
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Anal sex - the insertion of the penis (or 'stem') into the anal opening, or 'rosebud'. This term can be used for hetero- or homosexual anal sex.
"She was on her period, so he decided to stem the rose instead."
by Amaranthe November 23, 2011
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Basically, it is making something desirable or acceptable when an undesirable situation is presented. A rose with thorns intact is considered unacceptable as a gift, but the florist ''stems" the rose, e.i. removes the thorns to thus create a very desirable product.
First we stem the rose, then we place it in the flower arrangement. A dozen roses, stemmed and wrapped, is only 39.99 while supplies last.
by Kenny Ray May 11, 2007
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Its a euphemism for "struggling against love". In the movie "Brokeback Mountain", Jack and Ennis were hired to protect the sheep from wolves.... ie... to _stem_ the wolf attacks. Instead of stemming the wolf attacks, they stemmed the rose... which meant that they were battling against homosexual desires. Essentially, it was used to equate _being overtaken by same-sex-attraction_ to _being overtaken by a wolf attack_ .... and was used as a device to show that the boss saw them as being attacked by love.
Despite being from two families at war with each other, Romeo and Juliet were unsuccessful in their attempts to stem the rose... and love won out.
by Glenn G December 27, 2005
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