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.
Marriage is different from cohabitation - Canadian court
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 Jan 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown.
How low can they go?
Carolyn Moynihan | 25 Jan 2013
A video commissioned by a leading US "reproductive rights" organisation hits rock bottom in abortion advocacy.
Parent power makes itself felt in California school system
Carolyn Moynihan | 23 Jan 2013
Parents in California are using a new law to force change in poorly performing schools.
How online dating makes commitment harder
Carolyn Moynihan | 22 Jan 2013
The Atlantic magazine has an article arguing that online dating is undermining monogamy.
The climbing cost of college
Carolyn Moynihan | 8 Jan 2013
There’s no denying that college in the United States is outrageously expensive. A graphic presentation of costs by Frugal Dad website.
Visit your parents. That's an order!
Carolyn Moynihan | 7 Jan 2013
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.
Carolyn Moynihan | 3 Jan 2013
Babies come into the world able to distinguish their mother-tongue.
An agenda for renewing marriage in America
Carolyn Moynihan | 17 Dec 2012
While debates over same-sex marriage have filled the headlines, the rapid hollowing out of marriage in Middle America has received scant attention from national leaders.
Amsterdam has to ban pot smoking around schools
Carolyn Moynihan | 13 Dec 2012
Have the folks who voted to legalise pot in Washington State and Colorado, USA, thought about that? Kids turning up to school stoned?
Why is adoption so popular in Japan?
Carolyn Moynihan | 6 Dec 2012
Surprisingly, in view of its very low birth rate and aversion to immigration, Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in the world. But the reason is even more surprising...
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