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.

Marriage and the free society
8 Jul 2005 | FEATURES |  
Gay marriage is a hot button issue, but behind it is the more basic question of where marriage comes from in the first place. American writer Jennifer Roback Morse talks about the meaning of love, marriage, sexuality and family in a free society.

Bomb scare
2 Jul 2005 | FEATURES |  
Infertility is a time bomb threatening the very existence of Europe, experts in the field said this week. Is anyone taking them seriously?

Where did he come from?
24 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
In the ultimate feel-good finish, Michael Campbell, an unheralded New Zealander, picked off Tiger Woods in the US Open.

Calibrating happiness
24 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
By 2020 depression will be the second-largest cause of disability in the world for both men and women of all ages. So researchers are beavering away on what makes us happy. Have they got it right?

Making better people
18 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
Want a smarter baby? A faster baby? A blonder baby? Prepared to pay for it? You might be able to some day if transhumanists have their way.

Tolerance and her children
10 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
Young Germans are using shock tactics to rattle the liberalism of their parents, and sending a message about tolerance to the West.

Debunking the flat earth theory
3 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
The mediaevals didn’t believe in a flat earth; the Galileo affair was a beat-up; and missionaries were great scientists. Any other questions about the conflict between religion and science?

Mother knows best
27 May 2005 | FEATURES |  
Science is revealing the brain-enhancing changes that come with motherhood. An interview with the author of The Mommy Brain.

A life’s a life for all that
10 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
In May this year a New Zealand man smothered his five-month-old daughter after she was diagnosed with lissencephalus, meaning her brain was profoundly under-developed and she would never walk or talk. Recently it took a jury only 47 minutes to find the father not guilty of any crime - a verdict that has made the position of disabled infants suddenly more precarious. Carolyn Moynihan spoke with a woman who deplores this turn of events and appeals for more understanding of disabled people and their families.

What women need is a Kyoto Protocol of their own
26 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
Some things in life are predictable. If you play with fire, the old saying goes, you get burnt. If you drive too fast you crash. And if you live in a highly sexualized society you may be taken for a sex object and raped.

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