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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.

Parent power makes itself felt in California school system
23 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: California, charter schools, education reform
Parents in California are using a new law to force change in poorly performing schools.

How online dating makes commitment harder
22 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage, online dating
The Atlantic magazine has an article arguing that online dating is undermining monogamy.

Paris pro-family demonstration: biggest ever
21 Jan 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: France, same-sex marriage
Here's another piece on the Massive Paris demo for marriage as it really is - and a picture that gives a better idea of the crowd.

French homosexuals join rally against gay marriage
18 Jan 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: France, homosexual lobby, same-sex marriage
There was a huge rally against same-sex marriage in France at the weekend. C-FAM reports an unexpected feature of the opposition.

The real reason for Putin’s US adoption ban?
tags: adoption, Russia, United States
Russian President Vladimir Putin upset a lot of Americans with his December 28 (feast of the Holy Innocents) ban on adoptions to the US -- at the same time ordering his government to take a range of steps to make it easier for Russians to adopt orphans.

The climbing cost of college
8 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: higher education, tuition debt
There’s no denying that college in the United States is outrageously expensive. A graphic presentation of costs by Frugal Dad website.

New polls show declining support for same-sex marriage in NZ
7 Jan 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: New Zealand, same-sex marriage
A Herald on Sunday poll January 6 shows that support for redefining marriage has fallen from a previous high of 63% in a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll last May to just 53% now.

Visit your parents. That’s an order!
7 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing population, China, one-child policy
A generation or two of China’s only children are being reminded of their obligations to elderly parents by a law change that comes into effect later this year.

Discerning newborns
3 Jan 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, language, mothers
Babies come into the world able to distinguish their mother-tongue.

Defending marriage, in four steps
17 Dec 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
Hone your understanding of the public purpose of marriage, your arguments, your ammunition.

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