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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 muddled iconography of women bishops
22 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Anglican Church, ordination of women
A Church of England decision adds to the confusion about the meaning of priesthood.

First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?
17 Jul 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: lesbian couples, New Zealand, same-sex marriage
It's less than a year since the poster girls for New Zealand's new marriage law wed.

Mothers in shackles
16 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Meriam Ibrahim, shackling pregnant women
It’s not only in Sudanese prisons that women give birth chained.

Health economics 101: contraceptives pay for themselves, usually, babies don’t
11 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: contraceptive mandate, economics, health insurance
Why some economists are no help at all to the family.

Faring well? Convenient findings about same-sex parenting
10 Jul 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex parenting
Despite the hype about a Melbourne study it cannot tell us whether the kids are all right.

Mother bodies, father bodies
3 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender roles, parenthood
How parenthood changes us from the inside out.

Killing Me Softly: a New Zealand report on euthanasia
1 Jul 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Killing Me Softly report, New Zealand
This, plus some rollicking debates on TV, would give us a better informed public.

Court rules IRS responsible for leak of marriage group’s donor list
1 Jul 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: IRS scandal, National Organization for Marriage
But can the US federal agency get away with sheltering this mole from prosecution?

Don’t expect stable families without a living wage
27 Jun 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: conservatives, family policy, just wage
There’s a conservative case for a just wage and a couple of marriage researchers have just made it.

Youth crime, curfews - and what else?
26 Jun 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: crime, family breakdown, youth
When 13-year-olds are in court for murder, it is time for communities to stand in for parents.

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