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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.

Works, not faith
24 Aug 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Mitt Romney, Mormons, US presidential election
Mitt Romney’s fitness for the presidency should be judged on his policies and record, not on his Mormon beliefs.

Why promises about same-sex marriage are empty
22 Aug 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: civil unions, polygamy, same-sex marriage
We have all heard how same-sex marriage will not affect "your marriage" or force any religious minister to marry a homosexual couple; how it has nothing to do with polygamy or incestuous relationships or "man-boy love" and so on. But how seriously should we take these assurances? Not very, if New Zealand's experience is anything to go by.

Unhinged: an academic promotes adultery
21 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adultery, marriage, sociology
A British academic takes a hatchet to marriage by singing the praises of adultery.

A timeless message to teens: mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook…
20 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: character education, social media, teenagers
Some messages take a long time to catch on -- or perhaps they are things that need to be said at regular intervals, forever. Answers, for example, to the complaint, “I’m bored.”

An app for keeping an eye on your teen driver?
17 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: mobile phones, parenting, teenagers
A mobile phone device being developed allows parents to to monitor the cell phone use of their teens while driving. What do you think, parents?

The mixed legacy of Helen Gurley Brown
17 Aug 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: marriage, media criticism, sexual revolution
The Cosmopolitan editor’s sexual agenda has been a spectacular failure for women. What a shame it obscured some rather good advice.

Women only need apply
14 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Saudi Arabia, women, workforce
Imagine: an industrial city staffed entirely by women. From boardroom to loading bay, not a chap to be seen anywhere.

Ivy League brain on bikinis
14 Aug 2012 | TIGER PRINT
tags: male studies, modesty, neuroscience
Is it immodest to wear a bikini? What a neurology study found.

Striking a blow for equality, perhaps
10 Aug 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: equality, Olympics, women
What kind of victory is it for women to appear on the world stage punching each other?

Court upholds democratic vote on marriage definition
9 Aug 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: court decisions, marriage definition
A federal court Wednesday upheld Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman.

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