family structures

PSA: Yes, Feminism is About Fundamentally Rooting Out the Nuclear Family Structure.

Feminism is anti-marriage. Marriage exists to give a man ownership over a woman’s reproductive abilities and ensure male lineage.

Feminism is anti-Christianity. The Christian god is literally a model for patriarchy–a supreme father figure who takes credit for being the ultimate creator, forcibly impregnates a woman, and then passes his power down to his son. 

Feminism does not support the rights of fathers–the idea that men can claim ownership over the products of a woman’s body is a violent idea which dehumanizes women.

Feminism is about destroying the patriarchal family structure, also called the nuclear family structure. Feminism is about replacing the oppressive private nuclear family structure with a liberating, communal family structure.

Feminism is not about equality, feminism is about liberation.

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I’m sure we hear more about him in the future. We have got to get these kids to understand that striving to be a rapper, football and basketball player is not the only thing out there. Unfortunately, kids make fun of kids who get good grades or are in honor classes because they don’t view it as being cool. It is critical to stop the bullying and stop that mentality. At some point the cycle of poverty needs to stop somewhere within a family. A child that focuses on school and graduates high school and moves on to college helps end the perpetuation of repeating the cycle of uneducated people in a family structure. When that child graduates and hopefully moves on to a great career. Numerous inventors were black.. THIS is what our youth should focus on, strive for!

Antimicrobial Agents  - Cell wall inhibitors

Based on mode of action • divided into families based on chemical structure

 Modes of action Interference with: 

  • cell wall synthesis 
  • protein synthesis 
  • nucleic acid synthesis 
  • plasma membrane integrity 
  • metabolic pathway 

Inhibitors of Bacterial Cell Wall (peptidoglycan) Synthesis 

  • The Beta-lactam Family 
  • The Glycopeptides 


Peptidoglycan is composed of N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) and N-acetylmuramic acid (NAM) repeat units, and amino acids.  Each NAM is linked to peptide chain and the peptide chains are cross-linked.

β-lactams 

  • Includes penicillin derivatives (penams), cephalosporins (cephems), monobactams, and carbapenems.
  • class of broad-spectrum antibiotics containing a β-lactam ring
  • Bacterial transpeptidase enzymes are responsible for catalysing cross-linking of the peptide chains
  • β-lactam ring bind to these transpeptidases – this inhibits cross-linking between peptide chains and prevents synthesis of stable PG
  • Cell wall synthesis ceases and the bacterial cells eventually die due to osmotic instability or autolysis. 

Glycopeptides 

Polypeptide agents - basic structural elements amino acids 

Vancomycin

  • complexes with peptide portion of peptidoglycan’s precursor units 
  • vancomycin is a large hydrophilic molecule able to form hydrogen bonds with the terminal D-alanyl-D-alanine moieties of the NAM/NAG-peptides
  • preventing PG transglycosylation reaction – PG precursor subunits (NAG-NAM+peptide) cannot be inserted into peptidoglycan matrix;
  • Vancomycin also alters bacterial-cell-membrane permeability and RNA synthesis

Uses:  serious Gram positive infections e.g. MRSA wound infection

Adverse effects:

  • damage to auditory nerve 
  • hearing loss (ototoxicity) 
  • “Red man/neck” syndrome - rash on face, neck, upper torso 

Trans boys can get boyfriends and still be boys
Trans boys can get girlfriends and still be boys
Trans boys can get married and still be boys.
Trans boys can have children and STILL BE BOYS
It’s not “cheating” its not “feminine” its not always the person’s concious decision
Boys are boys regardless of society’s expectation of familial structure

Thoughts on Galra and Altean family structures:

Originally, far back before Allura and Coran’s 10,000 year cryosleep, Galra and Alteans were once a single race of shapeshifters that began to diverge as one group (the Galra) slowly lost their abilities. Because of this, though, their family structures are very similar, namely when it comes to childrearing.

Past Galra and current Alteans don’t really do gender as a general rule, because their power to adapt allows them to change their presentation and secondary sex characteristics at will, so any Galra or Altean has the ability to reproduce with any other Galra or Altean. There is no such stigma against same sex couples or having more than one partner because concepts like having a specific orientation or cheating don’t exist for them.

Galra (and Altean!) children are raised communally by multiple adults at once, many of whom have no connection to their actual parents. After growing up together, sleeping together, playing together, children are never alone for even a moment, and this fosters strong attachment to their own loosely-defined “community.” In the Galra’s case, all the Empire is one’s family and they traditionally greet each other by calling one another terms like “brother” or “mother” depending upon age, even if they’re strangers as a sign of respect. Alteans did this at one point, too, but as years passed, it became less and less common.

The loss of Galra shapeshifting was gradual over a period of thousands of years. Alteans, with their famous diplomacy, mostly restricted their interbreeding to more advanced (read: humanoid) alien species. (After all, what better way to forge an alliance than through tying families together and raising children?) Whereas Galra didn’t discriminate and preferred ones that were more animalistic because they believed they were naturally better at combat. Generations passed and their natural ability to shapeshift waned until it was practically nonexistent in anyone except the Druids, which are atavistic throwbacks to previous generations, thus their relatively human appearance.

Over the past 10,000 years, conception between Galra has been growing increasingly difficult, to the point where it’s rare for new Galra children to even be born at all. This isn’t too big a trouble because Galra are naturally long-lived, but because of that, children are highly prized. Any new Galra child born in the last few centuries is automatically elevated to royalty status, mostly as a formal title and little else, but it means all younger Galra are considered family of Zarkon and granted status within the Empire. This also means that the discovery of a long-lost Galra child would cause quite a stir among the Empire, but where in the universe would they manage to find such a thing?

Different types of Nihilism, summed up.

I pretty much summed up the Wikipedia article’s different forms in an easier to understand way.

Metaphysical Nihilism - The world/universe/multiverse might not exist/be possible. Denying some or all forms of existence.

Epistemological Nihilism - All knowledge is unfalsifiable. Nothing can be proven or disproved.

Mereological Nihilism - The belief that objects with proper parts do not exist, and that everything, in both time and space, is simply basic building blocks with the appearance of proper parts.

Existential Nihilism - The belief that life has no intrinsic meaning or value. (Note: Many existential nihilist view meaning as personal choice.)

Moral Nihilism - The belief there are no instrinsic morals, right or wrong. Or that morality is a construct of humanity. (Note: Many moral nihilist view morals as a personal decision.)

Political Nihilism - The rejection of certain or all parts of social structures, such as but not limited to governmental, political, family, or legal structure.

Sex: Male
Height: 178cm
Weight: 64kg
School year: 3rd year high school student
Star sign: Gemini
Blood type: AB
Codename: Crow
Arcana: Justice
Initial Persona: Robin Hood
Family structure: None (lives alone in an apartment)
Skill: Reasoning
Habit: Getting lost in thought during conversation
Hobbies: Cycling (uses a hybrid bicycle for easy turning in Tokyo), rock climbing, fashionable games like darts
Favorite food: Nothing in particular.
Regarding food, using it as a topic is more important to him, so he always makes sure to try out the latest popular dishes. Waiting in long lines isn’t painful for him. He also uses his cycling hobby to ride around town, gathering stories to use in conversation with adults. Since he spends a lot of time with adults, he has a reputation amongst Tokyo’s famous hidden stores and high class restaurants, although in truth he has little interest in the food’s flavor.

Goro Akechi

(not my photo, transl credit @beefbulgogi)
Smash Patriarchy Means End the Nuclear Family Model

What do feminists mean when we say “smash patriarchy!”? What is patriarchy and what does it look like? How do we destroy it?

The term patriarchy literally means “rule by the father” but in practice, as an institution, is acted out in the form of the nuclear family. This is because the nuclear family model is the direct enabler of patriarchy; if gender is a tool of oppression, then the nuclear family model is the factory which produces it. For this reason, the common family structure must change for the liberation of women and girls to be achieved.

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DNA and RNA Viruses Mnemonic for USMLE Step 1

To all my microbiology studiers out there. I found this video when I was studying for the virology block of my micro class, and this + sketchy micro was an absolute GODSEND. If you’re struggling with remembering the structures and families of the viruses or prefer flow charts over big tables, CHECK THIS DUDE OUT. I could listen to him talk viruses to me all day. 

Here’s a look at how I implemented it into my First Aid (pages 148, 150).

Hope someone finds this helpful!

Um. I just came across this on IG and it honestly bothers me. Here we have 2 sibling interactions and it’s natural to draw parallels but there is a significant difference with how both sets were raised and for that reason alone, I don’t think it’s logical or fair to make such a direct comparison.

Daenerys and Viserys grew up with no family structure, being shipped around from port to port, never having a home or even a place to feel safe for long and at times not even food to eat or a place to sleep. Dany loved her brother despite what became of him and I believe Viserys loved her too but at some point the burden of being the one set to avenge his family grew heavy on him and that became more important than the only family he’d known. His name meant nothing as he was still treated a beggar and that ultimately enraged and corrupted him. I’ve never believed Viserys was inherently evil, not with the way Dany thought of him after his death. The show never did a good job of relaying this though. I mean she still names one of her dragons after him (!!) and it’s a tragedy in itself that Viserys ended up alienating the person he should’ve cherished most.

In contrast, Jon and Sansa come from a stable, nuclear family and although Jon isn’t noble by name or free of the experience of being branded a bastard, he still had a hell of a better upbringing than Viserys ever did. He had a strong father figure, fully functional sibling relationships and was taught a strong set of values.

This is not a defense of what Viserys did to Dany but I think it’s important to understand the conditions these characters come from. It’s not as simple as good vs bad or pitting one against the other.

Prayer for the Sanctity of the Family Structure

Holy Trinity, architect of humanity and archetype of the
family, we ask you to protect the sacred and ancient
structure of the family: man, woman, and child.

Guard the family from intellectual deconstruction,
political redefinition, social dissonance, and
persecution.

Inspire the Church, both clergy and laity, to be
steadfast in defending marriage and family in their
traditional form, and to advance this cause in public
and in private with courage, humility, and love.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen. 

Christianity is an Instruction Manual for Patriarchy

The whole structure of the religion is like, the holy Father who passes his power on to the Son and then there’s also the holy spirit which is present in ~all men~ basically saying that men have access to God’s power. (As a little girl reading the Bible, when you read that, didn’t you ask what about women?)

Mary is the holiest woman ever because God knocked her up and it wasn’t even her choice she just accepted it and dedicated her life to serving him and obeying his wishes. So the best thing a woman can aspire to be is an obedient baby maker who produces a son for the holy father–and he gets the credit for being the ultimate creator, not the woman who actually grows the baby in her physical body, nourishes it with her body. That is taken for granted.

Patriarchy is a family structure within a society where a man marries a woman in order to gain use of her body as a baby making factory for the benefit of his lineage; where the roles of men and women are that the husband is responsible for shaping the moral character of the children while the wife does the manual daily labor around the home and the dirty work of raising the kids. This is male supremacy. This is why women take men’s last names when we get married, as a symbol of ownership. This is why fathers “give away” their daughters at a wedding to the new husband who now owns the wife. The father/husband is the authority on right and wrong and makes the decisions for the family, the wife’s role is to provide the man with children and keep house for him in exchange for basic survival.

Reject patriarchal religion. Reject traditional marriage ceremonies.

In the book ‘Archeofuturism’, Guillaume Faye lists what he deems to be the cancers eating away at the social fabric of Europe. They are, as follows:

  1. The demographic colonisation of the northern hemisphere by peoples from the South.
  2. The failure of multiracial society, which is increasingly racist and neo-tribal.
  3. The progressive ethno-anthropological metamorphosis of Europe.
  4. The return of poverty in both East and West.
  5. The slow but steady increase in crime and drug consumption.
  6. The ongoing disintegration of family structures.
  7. The decline of the educational system and the quality of school curricula.
  8. The disruption of the passing down of cultural knowledge and social disciplines.
  9. The disappearance of folk culture and its replacement by the brutishness of masses rendered passive by audio-visual technology.
  10. The progressive decay of cities and communities in favour of sprawling suburbs devoid of all transparency and coherence.
  11. Endemic urban revolts – like a rampant May of ‘68, only worse.

This is what we’re up against, this is what we have to push back and overcome.

(Mostly Unsupported) Headcanon

So TFA and the extended novels talk a bit about how Brendol Hux created the new Stormtrooper program and how good he was at taking these little children and basically brainwashing them into fighting for him. And it works, mostly. Despite being ostensibly kidnapped from all over the galaxy, these new Stormtroopers are loyal to the First Order to an obsessive degree (see, being trained to never remove helmets, etc).

So how did he do it?

Well one of the most effective tactics of cults is to mimic a family structure, where the leader is the ‘parent’. And we already know that back at the Academy he ran a group of boys who he had killing each other in competition for his favor. So we know that he’s willing to use tactics like that, taking attention-starved young people and providing them with the positive reinforcement they need only when they conform to the behavior he wants. Training them. This sort of thing is ridiculously effective at undermining the human psyche. People, especially children, have an innate need for the affection and approval of an authority figure.

Basically what I’m saying is what if the Stormtroopers were all trained from early childhood to view Hux Sr specifically as their ‘father’ and to obey him specifically? 

It creates a sense of family that we’ve never really seen in the the bad guys on SW before. If you’re taking all of these children away from their families at young ages you have to give them something to replace it. The most effective way would be to teach them that the Order is their new family. Foster a sibling-like relationship between ‘troopers and teach them to love and respect their ‘trainer’, Hux Sr., at the replacement parent. It’s a honey and vinegar situation. 

Straight abuse when they fail to conform is going to breed resentment. But give them a father figure who loves them and doles out rewards (affection, approval, etc) for desired behavior in hand with punishments for undesirable behavior and you’re going to have a child who is much more devoted to the system than one who only receives punishments. Parent/child affection is a really strong bond, and if Hux Sr. is smart he would milk that shit to get his troops behaving the way he wants.

Now. Why do I find this idea hilarious?

Because there’s rampant headcanon that General Hux is popular with the Stormtroopers. Well with this headcanon, of course he is. He’s their big brother.

tl;dr What if all the Stormtroopers thought of Hux Sr. as their daddy

Eurocentric values: generalism, individualism, competitiveness, dualist thinking, a belief in control over nature, a rigid time orientation, Judeo-Christian beliefs, patriarchy, property ownership, and nuclear family structure.
—  Blackmon & Vera

in terms of the found-family structure of the Librarians cast, a lot of people seem to go with Eve and Flynn as Mom and Dad, the junior Librarians as the kids, and often Jenkins as an uncle/grandpa-esque figure, especially since Trial of the Triangle and the whole ‘leaving me alone with the kids’ thing (which, for the record, I did adore and also laugh out loud at)

but if you ask me, Eve and Flynn are not Mom and Dad - Eve and Jenkins are. (I really don’t think the Mom and Dad figures in found families need to be a couple, btw. I think it happens a lot but isn’t necessary.) Eve definitely does the tough-love, pushing-them-to-be-better thing, and despite her distress at being ‘like a mother’ to alt!Ezekiel she definitely takes on that role for all three of them, though pretty much never the stereotypical ways - she worries about them (but doesn’t fret), she pushes them, she educates them, she disciplines them, she listens to and encourages them

Jenkins is in his own words a caretaker. despite his grumpiness he is very much there to look after his new kids Librarians (“there is nothing that would stop me from coming after you”). he’s also there - all the time - as a source of knowledge, as a resource for the Librarians (and Eve and Flynn too) when there are things they don’t know or understand. he offers insight and comfort and, like Eve, discipline when necessary. and he loves them - he tells Cassandra that he loves her very much and tbh he definitely loves all of them. I also have very strong feelings about him as a positive paternal figure for Cassandra in particular but that’s material for a whole other post entirely

I would classify Flynn as more like ‘Mom’s really goofy boyfriend who loves them all but is a terrible influence because he has no idea how to look after children,’ lmao. he isn’t around all the time although he’s trying to be, especially as he comes to appreciate their family more and more. he fucks up because he hasn’t had his own family in a long time but he always comes through in the end because he loves them and he wants that family to work. we’ve seen his tenderness come through with Cassandra especially. that said he doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing when it comes to The Kids so sometimes Eve does have to say ‘FLYNN NO’ before he gets them into something ridiculous and Not A Good Idea

(I also have many feelings about Ezekiel being Everybody’s Little Brother but this post is supposed to be more about the Mom/Dad dynamic so)

anyway obviously everyone is gonna have their own interpretations of these dynamics but that’s really how I read them. and I haven’t seen as much material about dad!Jenkins out there so I thought I’d pitch in my five cents