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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 next big thing in sex-ed: the evil of heterosexism
17 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: heterosexism, sex-ed indoctrination
If you were worried about sex education classes that encouraged sexual relations between teenage girls and boys, you might now have something even more serious on your plate: indoctrination of kids against "heterosexism".

HPV vaccine gets behaviour tick
16 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: HPV, sexual behaviour
A study showing that vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is not linked with increased sexual activity amongst teenage girls has had wide coverage in the news today.

Anders Breivik’s mother
15 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Anders Behring Breivik, family structure, mental illness
At the time of the mass murder perpetrated by Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik last year I commented -- like others -- on the killer’s broken family background. A new book shows another side to his family experience.

What’s really wrong with the economies: the baby dearth
11 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: demography, economic crisis, marriage
One way to think about the Great Recession is like a great pause button.

Remarriage, the second divorce and the relationship tangle
9 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: blended families, divorce, step-parents
As if one divorce wasn't bad enough for kids, some are now seeing their blended families break up.

Fear of flying with babies
5 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: children, parenting, tolerance
Airlines are starting to create kid-free zones. Is that fair? Is it the way we want to treat families?

Time with dad good for self-esteem
4 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adolescence, fathers, self-esteem
The more time kids spent alone with their fathers, the higher their self-esteem, a study has found.

Marriage contracts: from prenups to planned obsolescence
1 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: divorce, marriage contracts
A rumour that Hollywood couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had a short term marriage contract leads the New York Times to speculate on the advantages of this move.

How do American moms feel about working outside the home?
28 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, working mothers
A survey of 1000 women by Forbes found that working moms are, in general, “an unhappy lot”.

Forget “two mommies” - France will have only “parents”
27 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: France, parents, same-sex marriage
A French prayer: "That children ... cease to be the objects of the desires and conflicts of adults in order to fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother."

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