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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.

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."

Neither “mere” nor “pere” under French gay law
27 Sep 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: France, parents, same-sex marriage
Mothers and fathers would officially cease to exist in France if draft gay marriage legislation promoted by the new socialist government goes ahead.

Kids and chores: start young
25 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: chores, parenting
The amount of time children spend helping around the home has been dropping for decades. It's now about 20 minutes a day, on average.

The end of men - and women
24 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender equality, men, post-industrial economy
If masculinity is doomed, so is femininity, as a new book demonstrates.

Women Speak For Themselves - the faces
20 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: contraception, Women Speak for Themselves
American women are speaking up in increasing numbers for freedom of conscience in healthcare .

All girls schools have the edge
18 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: gender pay gap, single sex schooling
A New Zealand researcher suggests that the persistence of the gender pay gap may have something to do with co-ed schools.

Gay actor says kids need their mother and father
18 Sep 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: celebrities, gay parenting
British actor Rupert Everett says he “can’t think of anything worse” than two gay men bringing up a child together.

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