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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.

“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.

The case against same-sex marriage in five minutes (video)
22 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: same-sex marriage
The case against same-sex marriage - a five-minute video presentation.

Marriage = biology (not bigotry)
22 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
A five-minute video gives an excellent summary of the case against same-sex marriage.

Heterosexuality “not the norm”, says Australian school programme
17 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, education, heterosexism
A report in the Australian Daily Telegraph today reveals that a programme teaching that it is wrong to regard heterosexuality as the norm for relationships is being piloted in 12 schools in the Australian state of New South Wales.

The next big thing in sex-ed: the evil of heterosexism
17 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: heterosexism, sex-ed indoctrination
If you were worried about sex education classes that encouraged sexual relations between teenage girls and boys, you might now have something even more serious on your plate: indoctrination of kids against "heterosexism".

HPV vaccine gets behaviour tick
16 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: HPV, sexual behaviour
A study showing that vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is not linked with increased sexual activity amongst teenage girls has had wide coverage in the news today.

Anders Breivik’s mother
15 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Anders Behring Breivik, family structure, mental illness
At the time of the mass murder perpetrated by Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik last year I commented -- like others -- on the killer’s broken family background. A new book shows another side to his family experience.

What’s really wrong with the economies: the baby dearth
11 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: demography, economic crisis, marriage
One way to think about the Great Recession is like a great pause button.

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