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Mate Selection -The Book of Life
Both Winnicott and Kierkegaard are saying there’ll always be something wrong around relationships. It sounds like this should be a depressing message. But it’s effect is the reverse. If things are a bit bad, it’s probably because we’re doing it right. They’re backing us away from an unhelpful ideal. They are inviting us to be more modest in our expectations of relationships, not so as to make us unhappy, but in order to help us make our peace with the only thing that is actually on offer: a radically imperfect but genuine love for another flawed person and a necessarily troubled but still valuable shared life with them.
life  love  romance  relationships  mating  mates  insight  advice  psychology 
8 weeks ago by earth2marsh
Knot Another Teen Wolf RomCom - luulapants - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Little clues were coming together here, adding up in a truly alarming and surreal way that Stiles wasn’t fully mentally prepared for. “So… so this is a dick-specific sort of issue?” he ventured.
fic  teenwolf  derek/stiles  derekhale  stilesstilinski  mating  rating:nc-17 
9 weeks ago by starwire
Mating yeast cells use an intrinsic polarity site to assemble a pheromone-gradient tracking machine | JCB
The mating of budding yeast depends on chemotropism, a fundamental cellular process. The two yeast mating types secrete peptide pheromones that bind to GPCRs on cells of the opposite type. Cells find and contact a partner by determining the direction of the pheromone source and polarizing their growth toward it. Actin-directed secretion to the chemotropic growth site (CS) generates a mating projection. When pheromone-stimulated cells are unable to sense a gradient, they form mating projections where they would have budded in the next cell cycle, at a position called the default polarity site (DS). Numerous models have been proposed to explain yeast gradient sensing, but none address how cells reliably switch from the intrinsically determined DS to the gradient-aligned CS, despite a weak spatial signal. Here we demonstrate that, in mating cells, the initially uniform receptor and G protein first polarize to the DS, then redistribute along the plasma membrane until they reach the CS. Our data indicate that signaling, polarity, and trafficking proteins localize to the DS during assembly of what we call the gradient tracking machine (GTM). Differential activation of the receptor triggers feedback mechanisms that bias exocytosis upgradient and endocytosis downgradient, thus enabling redistribution of the GTM toward the pheromone source. The GTM stabilizes when the receptor peak centers at the CS and the endocytic machinery surrounds it. A computational model simulates GTM tracking and stabilization and correctly predicts that its assembly at a single site contributes to mating fidelity.
yeast  mating 
october 2019 by Segalllab
Women’s Mate Choices Across Cultures | Psychology Today
Some aspects of women's preferences are universal and others vary by culture
society  mating 
july 2019 by fbaymzter
On the other side
After a particularly bad winter Will, as the only male omega, is chosen as the annual sacrifice to the beast on the hill. But the beast is nothing like he imagined and offers him a choice to run away with him.
Author:obfuscatedheart  Hannibal  Slash  fanfic  Hannibal/Will  Smut  Relationship:FirstTime  Alpha/Beta/Omega  Alpha!Hannibal  Omega!Will  Top!Hannibal  Bottom!Will  Knotting  SelfLubrication  MatingCycles/InHeat  Mating  Sacrifice  Length:5000-10.000  OneShot 
july 2019 by Ambrosine8
Mating Season
Sam repressed a shiver. He usually made a point to stay away from the big, cocky sand shark since Dean made it very clear what he wanted to do to him, but mating season was soon and Sam couldn’t help it; he was attracted to the danger.
Sam/Dean  bottom!sam  top!dean  mating  bestiality  first-time  DP 
april 2019 by Misspookielo
Soul Searching
It's taken a long time to manifest, but Sam discovers that he's an omega at the most inconvenient of times.1,795
Sam/Dean  bottom!sam  top!dean  omega!sam  alpha!dean  a/b/o  S06  first-time  mating 
april 2019 by Misspookielo
Ethics & Aesthetics
England, 1811. Social status is everything, and the obsession of every parent is to see their children married well. For twenty-year-old Omega Will Graham, life in a small Hertfordshire market town with his father, adopted mother and four half-sisters is tranquil, if a little dull. Until, that is, a party of strangers arrives in the neighbourhood, sending every mother within five miles into a frenzy of anticipation. For not only are the newcomers Alpha aristocracy, but one among them - Mr Hannibal Lecter - is the owner of the largest estate in Derbyshire... and single. A pity, then, that Will and Hannibal's first meeting is less than auspicious. But sometimes, fate and circumstance have a way of conspiring to bring together even the most stubborn of individuals...
Author:fragile-teacup(Mrs_Gene_Hunt)  Hannibal  Hannibal/Will  Length:100.000-200.000  Slash  fanfic  Romance  Fluff  Angst  Humor  Smut  Relationship:Developing  SlowBuild  AlternateUniverse-Regency  Alpha/Beta/Omega  Omega!Will  Alpha!Hannibal  Crossover/Fusion-PrideAndPrejudice  Misunderstanding  MatingCycles/InHeat  Knotting  SelfLubrication  Switching  Mating  Marriage  MultiChapter 
march 2019 by Ambrosine8
Two Hearts [Are One]
Jared is a prince who can only become King through marriage to one of Dragonkind, but not just any dragon. Jensen is his match, predestined by the gods, and he has waited for Jared to come along for a very, very long time.

Their wedding night is one centuries in the making.
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jensen/jared  dragon  bottom!Jared  top!Jensen  royalty  NC-17  first-time  mating  romance  age!difference  virgin!jared 
february 2019 by Misspookielo
The Werewolf Core
Jared needs to write an article that will guarantee him a highly coveted internship. Even if werewolves have been known and integrated into society for over fifty years now, not a lot is known about certain aspects of Were modern life. Jared's requests to attend a local Were School to observe firsthand, were soundly rejected. So going undercover as a werewolf seemed like the perfect plan to get a good look behind closed doors.

His first mistake was thinking he could handle any danger that may arise. His second was trusting Chad...
7,963
jensen/jared  bottom!Jared  top!Jensen  a/b/o  Alpha!Jensen  NC-17  mating  highschool  werewolf 
february 2019 by Misspookielo
I'll Take Care of You
Alphas have collars to reign in their aggressive tendancies, unfortunately the grid that keeps them in check fails. Jared is visiting his step brother Jensen when his mother tells him to hide.

Unfortunately, Jensen's collar is only given to the most unruly Alphas- and he happens to want Jared.
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jensen/jared  bottom!Jared  top!Jensen  non-con  NC-17  mating  a/b/o  Alpha!Jensen  Omega!Jared  knotting  dark!jensen 
february 2019 by Misspookielo
An Aesthetic Solitary Thing
eliade (Anna S) - Rodney/John, E --- 6,388

Badfic Summary Mini-Ficathon entry, for kalpurna's summary: "When Rodney starts exhibiting strange symptoms, Dr. Beckett discovers something odd about his genetic makeup. Now Rodney must find a mate -- before his alien side chooses for him. Warnings: wingfic, tentacles (NC-17)."
lj-fic  sga  mckay/sheppard  *e  w.c::5-10k  ;★★★  alien!au  mating  heat  wingfic  sex  pov-john 
january 2019 by we.are.golden
I Think I Love You (But I Don't Even Know You) - keep_waking_up - Supernatural RPF [Archive of Our Own]
After five years away on his mating quest, Jensen is forced to return home mateless and marry his best friend so he can become Alpha of his pride. In an ironic twist of fate, it is back at home that he finally finds his mate in the least acceptable person possible: Jared Padalecki, an outcast and half-breed.
werewolves  affliction:misunderstanding  bullying  jared/jensen  mating  mating-problems 
january 2019 by infinitefeels
Thoughts on hypergamy (as a woman) - YouTube
perceptive of imbalance between man and woman is required
dating  hypergamy  mating 
december 2018 by pmigdal

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