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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.

Mothers Matter: Who on Earth Cares?
12 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Africa, MaterCare, maternal mortality
A documentary film shows one model of service that is saving mothers' lives and health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Marriage - a miracle cure
11 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cancer, marriage
Doctors have discovered a cancer treatment that outranks all others – marriage.

Very premature births linked to multiple abortions
7 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: abortion, premature birth
A link between induced abortion and premature births -- and associated health complications -- is supported by a new study from Finland. The more abortions a woman has had before giving birth, the more likely she is to give birth prematurely, the BBC reports.

Reverend Moon versus the scientists
4 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: cults, human enhancement, science
The Moonie founder was not the only one with a messiah complex.

How “risk reduction” policies keep the cost of teen sex high
3 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Britain, risk reduction, teenage pregnancy
Economics might not be the most obvious discipline for studying teenage sexual activity and its results, but the dismal science can, in fact, throw some light on what seems an intractable modern problem.

From “obey” to “submit” - Anglican marriage vows cause a stir
31 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Anglican Church, marriage, women's issues
The Anglican Church in Sydney has caused a tremendous stir with a new Prayer Book including marriage vows in which the bride promises to “submit” to her husband...

Biologists, who needs them?
30 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: men, reproductive technology
In a New York Times opinion piece, a professor of biology and criminal justice instructs us in the biological reasons for the redundancy of the male sex.

Marriage may benefit women more than men
28 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: health, marriage
Men benefit more from marriage than women do. Have you heard statements like that before?

It’s got me boxed
28 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: boxing, equality, women
I cannot resist copying this post on women's boxing from Francis Phillips' blog on the UK Catholic Herald website, because it synchs with my own thoughts perfectly.

Aussie women not rushing to man the trenches
27 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: women in the military
A year ago Australia’s armed forces opened up full combat roles to women, but, despite intensive publicity, only three have so far expressed interest. What's holding them back?

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