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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.

Cherie Blair to full-time mums: “Get to work”
22 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: careers, motherhood
It seldom comes out quite as blatant as this, but the UK’s ex top mummy, Cherie Blair, has been scolding young women who want to be full-time mothers for their lack of ambition and independent spirit.

Mothers: young, old, married, unmarried
21 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: pregnancy rates, USA
A US government report shows that pregnancy rates for women in their early 20s dropped nearly 18 per cent between year 2000 and 2008 while rates for women in their 40s have jumped 65 per cent.

Are close family ties bad for the economy?
20 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: economics, employment, family values
Today’s post provides a sort of commentary on our last one about Italy. It’s about the relationship between family culture and the labour market.

The Queen’s English no more
15 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: English, grammar, linguistics
This month witnesses the end of a brave attempt to stop the rot in the English language. What next?

Would you notice if your teenager was using “study drugs”?
13 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Adderall, drug abuse, students
According to a New York Times weekend article, abuse of stimulant drugs is a problem in top high schools across the United States.

It’s so cool to drink water
11 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: obesity, sugar
The war on fat is becoming a war on sugar, but what does it take to get people off fizzy drinks and juices that are loaded with the sweet stuff?

World Congress in Madrid affirms the natural family
8 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: World Congress of Families
The sixth World Congress of Families, held in Madrid on the last weekend of May, concluded with a declaration of principles.

People power v. polls and mere politics
8 Jun 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: referendum, same-sex marriage, Washington State
Preserve Marriage Washington has filed a petition against the state’s new law allowing same-sex marriage, after collecting more than twice the required number of signatures to block the law.

White House in PR bid over contraceptive mandate
7 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: abortion supporters, contraception, morning after pill, White House
Another live-streamed event is due to take place in the US in a few more hours, and this time it’s from the Obama administration, defending their beleaguered birth control mandate.

Live-streaming debate on same-sex marriage
6 Jun 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
June 7, Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino, joint authors of a new book, go head to head, civilly, with their opposing views.

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