Tough topics are inescapable for journalism and mass communication academics. If it’s in the news, journalism and mass communication instructors have to discuss it in class. In Testing Tolerance, Candi Carter Olson and Tracy Everbach of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women bring together a broad range of perspectives, from graduate students to deans, in conversation about ways to address tough topics in and out of the university classroom.
Helping instructors navigate today’s toughest topics through discussions of the issues and pertinent terminology, this book provides hands-on exercises and practical advice applicable across student and instructor levels and disciplines. Readers will gain an understanding of the issues and acquire tools to address these topics in sensitive, yet forthright, ways.
An international study in 42 countries inquired children’s perception of the coronacrisis, their knowledge on COVID-19 and the role the media play in this. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a worldwide crisis. Many countries have closed schools and daycare centers, canceled events, imposed stay-at-home orders, and closed borders. Everyday activities like going to school, doing leisure activities, and meeting friends have been canceled and prohibited with short notice. A study of 101 children and teens in 13 countries conducted by World Vision (2020) found that their everyday life has changed significantly. As schools are closed, many children report that social distancing, isolation, and loneliness have caused emotional hardship. In Germany, interviews with employees and volunteers of helplines for children (see Pütz in this issue) revealed that the situation is problematic and the range of emotional distress is broad. Likewise, a Chinese study (Liang et al., 2020) found that 2 weeks following the outbreak of COVID-19, 2 out of 5 adolescents and adults (14 to 35 years old) suffered from psychological problems, and 14% showed signs of PTSD (PostTraumatic Stress Disorder). A press release by Save the Children (2020) summarizing the results of a survey among 1,002 parents and children in Germany revealed that 65% of the children who responded reported feelings of boredom and isolation. Children are dependent on the circumstances they grow up in, and these vary widely in different countries. But as the pandemic is global, it is creating at least some similar circumstances across many countries and regions. As researchers interested in children’s lives and media engagement, we wondered: How do children around the world perceive their situations in this pandemic? What are their levels of knowledge and emotional statuses with respect to the coronavirus and crisis? And, what roles do the media play in their situations? In this unique situation, the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) and the PRIX JEUNESSE Foundation – together with over 50 scholars and producers worldwide – conducted an international study of children in relation to COVID-19 and the media. Our goal was to learn more about the challenges children are facing in this time of crisis and their ways of coping with these challenges.
Kitty Kielland’s verve and confidence, scathing wit, and indignant ability (and willingness) to point out stupidity and hubris underpin her entry in the late nineteenth-century argument about “The Woman Question.”
This major contribution to the expansion of women’s right in Scandinavia helped frame the discussion within church and social movements throughout Europe and North America.
The Woman Question remains significant today for its framing of discussions about gender and equality as both a fundamental human right and a necessary component of any Christian social policy.
Ultimately, Kielland’s summary of her position, justified by the Bible and her life experiences, remains both compelling in its own right and a devastating rebuke to all those who would claim an authority to speak for others: “My argument is that every free person wants to have a personal, independent identity, and I do not see why we should not have the right to want it.”
This edition is the first translation into English of Kitty Kielland’s The Woman Question.