#107 - Omicron variant: what we know | Curio

#107 - Omicron variant: what we know

18 mins | Dec 2, 2021

Today's episode from 2nd December 2021. Up first this morning: With the festive season here many are concerned that Christmas might be lost to COVID again. We take a look at the latest Omicron strain and explore its origins, its unusual genetic profile and the differing views on how dangerous it is. Then later, they were once described as witches, satanists and demonic. Now more than a hundred years later, some feminists continue to embrace such labels as a response to the patriarchy. We have a fascinating piece on how feminism's rise came as a response to religious female subjugation. The Omicron strain has been described as "'an unprecedented sampling' of mutations from four earlier variants of concern: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta." As a result, scientists fear it could be more transmissible and have higher resistance to vaccines. For The Financial Times, Clive Cookson and Oliver Barnes provide a full explainer on the newest variant. How does witchcraft align with the social movement? Feminism tends to be viewed as a secular practice, but what most don't realise is that it emerged and developed as society broke free from the religious doctrines justifying the subjugation of women. For JSTOR, Jessa Crispin explores how the histories of witchcraft and feminism are closely connected, examining how women gained the power to change the world and fight the source of their oppression. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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