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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.

Compulsory membership legal group backs same-sex marriage
6 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: legal profession, Referendum 74, same-sex marriage
The Washington State Bar Association, a body to which all attorneys have to belong, has publicly supported a "yes" vote for gay marriage in the referendum tomorrow.

Discovering the value of home
5 Nov 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: home, Home Renaissance Foundation, public policy
A conference next week may hold the key to the recovery of Europe in the longer term.

Conceived in rape: why Mourdock was right
5 Nov 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: abortion, rape, religion
The latest political kerfuffle over rape and abortion has largely been swept away by Hurricane Sandy, but the views of a US Senate candidate deserve a defence.

So same-sex marriage “won’t hurt you”?
5 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: discrimination, same-sex marriage, Vermont
It hurt a Vermont business couple a lot.

Etiquette schools for everyone
2 Nov 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: civility, family meals
Every so often the question of manners bubbles up through the rough exterior of public life and reveals a hankering for less brash informality, more civility in daily life.

“Let them be polled - but not vote”
2 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: ballot initiatives, same-sex marriage
Democracy is too precious to waste on everyone, according to a New York Times editorial decrying ballot initiatives (referendums) on same-sex marriage in four states.

Ex-gay men speak out on therapy
2 Nov 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: ex-gays, reparative therapy
Men who have overcome same-sex attraction or want to feature in a New York Times article this week.

“The welfare fate”
30 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: debt, USA, welfare state
A cartoon with a message.

Entitlement America - a nation of takers?
27 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: independence, intergenerational equity, welfare state
The ballooning of the welfare state is corrupting the American character as well as burdening generations to come, argues a scholar.

Electronics in the bedroom add pounds to kids waists
23 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: children's health, obesity, sleep, technology
"If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier lifestyle, get the technology out of the bedroom," says Canadian public health professor Paul Veugelers.

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