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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.

Could the donor-conceived daughter of a lesbian queen end up on the British throne?
14 Mar 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: British Monarchy, donor-conceived children, same-sex marriage
When you mess with fundamental aspects of human biology and society you simply cannot predict all the consequences.

A world family profile in which Chile stars
12 Mar 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family meals, family relationships
Why are the Latin cultures doing better at family life?

Marriage: what it is, why it matters, consequences of redefining it
12 Mar 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
There have been many articles and reports but this one is right up to date with its evidence and marshals the arguments clearly.

What’s shortening women’s lives?
5 Mar 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: life expectancy, women
Articles about how women are forging ahead of men have been proliferating in recent years, some even talking about “the end of men”. A new trend looks more like "the end of women".

How not to have a public debate on gay marriage
1 Mar 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: New Zealand, same-sex marriage
New Zealand media lead the way...

Books for fun and inspiration…
26 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book lists, cheerfulness
… and an antidote for the over-cheerful. All good literature, though.

Baby name wizardry
26 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: names
When parents choose a name for their baby they are making a decision that may place them right in the mainstream of social history or at the margins. Now you can find out where you are with an online name wizard.

Homemakers Project launches
22 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family meals, HomeMakers Project
An international effort to draw attention to and support the unsung but vital work of the home launches in London next week.

Korea’s elderly turn to suicide as family bonds fray
21 Feb 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing population, Asian family values, South Korea
Parents who have spent everything on their children find there is no-one around to care for them in old age.

The guilty silence that killed Reeva Steenkamp
19 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Oscar Pistorius, sexual behaviour
Why does no one mention the most obvious thing that put Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend in harm's way?

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