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.

Thanks for nothing, birth control
16 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
A campaign to save birth control from the Trump White House ignores the sexual desert the technology has created.

Thanks for nothing, birth control 
16 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: birth control, Planned Parenthood, relationships
No wonder there's a 'sex recession'.

Roger Scruton on free speech and the universities
14 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
In the current resurgence of heresy hunting, philosopher Roger Scruton hopes that universities will stick to their role as safe spaces for rational argument.

The gender identity phantom
12 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Is self-diagnosis acceptable as the basis for treating gender dysphoria in children -- but not for diabetes in adults?

The Trump perplex
9 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
With Trump holding onto his political base, liberals have to really listen to the deplorables, argues John Robson. Plus: the First World War Armistice centenary, and how the Battle of the Somme influenced Tolkien.

Are the wheels falling off the transgender express?
7 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
In a surprising move, The Economist expresses grave reservations about the gathering speed of the transgender juggernaut, writes Michael Cook.

Would you elect a man who assisted his mother's suicide?
5 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
In our selective coverage of the US mid-term elections MercatorNet is concerned with implications for human dignity and moral consistency. First case study is the leading candidate for Governor of California.

Bioethics, zombies and some bad news
2 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
In which we end the week with bioethics and zombies, and intimations of mortality.

Silicon Valley parents go cold on screens, but what else can they offer their kids?
2 Nov 2018 | CONNECTING |  
tags: child development, digital media, family life, screen time
A richer family life, perhaps.

Witches, ghosts, genes
31 Oct 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
John Robson reviews Stephen Hawking's Brief Answers to Big Questions, and Michael Cook pays tribute to Mary Midgely, a philosopher who was a foe of scientism.

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