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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

The advance of the “throuple”
9 Mar 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: marriage redefinition, polyamory, same-sex relationships
Three Thai men have gone through a "marriage" ceremony, with no protest from a tolerant state.

Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages, citing duty to the state’s law
6 Mar 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: judicial activism, same-sex marriage
And in a 148-page decision demolish arguments for change.

Our emotions, our bodies, ourselves
4 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: depression, pill, women's health
Women need to own their feelings, not medicate them, says a psychiatrist. We could take this further.

Why do kids desert the West to fight with ISIS?
27 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: adolescents, ISIS, Western values
The terrorists seem to understand adolescent psychology better than we do.

Should we throw handwriting in the wastepaper basket?
20 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: digital communications, handwriting, literacy
Primary school children now have their own laptops or iPads. Why we should worry?

“Not to have children is a selfish choice” says Pope Francis
16 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: fertility rates, Pope Francis, the family
The Pope’s latest message about the family challenges the depressed societies of Europe.

Breaking the “two” barrier in Germany
tags: Germany, large families, media neglect
Large families are saving Germany but the media don't want to know.

Losing track of marriage and divorce
6 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: American Community Survey, divorce
The US Census Bureau may drop key questions from its community survey. Experts object.

Carl Djerassi, father of the pill, dies
3 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: contraceptive pill, obituaries
Did he ever doubt the wisdom of the contraceptive revolution?

Reading Fifty Shades linked to unhealthy behaviours
3 Feb 2015 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: eating disorders, Fifty Shades of Grey, gender violence, pornography
The film to be released this month can only increase that risk.

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