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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.

Eating mor chikin to support marriage
2 Aug 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: public opinion, same-sex marriage
Today is Chick-fil-A ("Eat mor chikin") Appreciation Day in the United States

Lou Xiaoying - a Chinese heroine with a big heart
1 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child abandonment, China, heroes, one-child policy
A poor Chinese woman who saved dozens of abandoned children over four decades is being hailed a heroine on her deathbed.

The battle of the sexes in Kenya
31 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Kenya, marriage, modesty
A survey asks Kenyan men and women what annoys them most about one another. Their responses are revealing.

Free speech and tolerance strike again…
30 Jul 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: freedom of speech, New Zealand
A New Zealand website, Protect marriage, is hacked to pieces the first day it went up.

The parent Olympics
30 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Olympics, parents
It's one thing to have your parents sitting in the audience at a high school talent show. It's another to have them in the audience when you are competing in an international sporting event.

A Tour of London: Nelson ‘n’ Deck
30 Jul 2012 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: picture books
Visiting London for the Olympics? This book makes London fun for kids.

Goodbye Sarajevo
27 Jul 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: books, Bosnia, films, war
Two sisters separated by the siege on Sarajevo in 1992 write a memoir which is a true story of love, courage and survival.

Sexualisation of girls and the role of the mother
26 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: girls, mothers, sexualisation of children
While media portrayals of women and girls as sexual objects are omnipresent and intrusive, we can blame too much on these public influences and forget the importance of what parents do.

Ignoring the breakdown of marriage is not politically savvy
24 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
By supporting gay marriage does Obama increase his voting constituency?

Women say “I do” to husband’s name
23 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage, names
A study of surnames in an Australian state shows that when couples marry more than half of the wives take their husband’s name, The Age reports.

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