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 realized 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.

Recent blog posts by this author

A Nordic Paradox: Higher Gender Equality, More Partner Violence

Which countries lead the world in gender equality? If you don’t know the answer to that you must. have been living in North Korea. Everyone else knows that it’s the Nordics: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. On average across these...

A Transit of Common Sense

Against the noonday sun of transgender affirmation in Britain a dark object was seen to pass this week. It was a question mark, or rather, several marks in close succession. Two psychotherapists, a re-transitioned woman and a member of parliament...

Is Gender Equality a Self-defeating Goal?

One of the great obsessions of politics and economics today is “gender equality”. This is the doctrine that men and women should be equally represented in public office and in currently male dominated professions, enjoy equal average...

What’s a Girl to Do When a Powerful Man Asks Her to Flirt?

We are so used to the idea that, with a college degree and a packet of contraceptive pills, women are invincible, we are still trying to get our 21st century heads around the #MeToo phenomenon. Over the past year, countless women working in a...

The Real Show Stealer at the Royal Wedding Wasn't the American Preacher

Until a few hours before Saturday’s Royal Wedding (and don’t pretend you do not know which royals I am talking about) my attitude was roughly the same as this staunch Brit's – that is, I couldn’t have cared less. But as the momentous hour...

Why It's Time to Stop Mocking Sex Education that Teaches 'Just Say No'

Sometime in the not too distant past a high school girl posted the following plea on a Viacom platform called A Thin Line, whose purpose was to get teenagers to share their digital dramas: ok this one guy my so called best friend keeps...

Nomophobia: Breaking Your Cellphone Addiction

Digital addiction, or nomophobia, may not be in the DSM-5, but there’s little doubt that it exists. And there are plenty of helpful hints around about how to self-detox. Time To Log Off proposes a periodic 5:2 digital diet: five days using...

Putting a Ring on It, for the Children’s Sake

Hollywood actor, producer and professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson might be good at a few things, but marriage isn't one of them. He is divorced from his first wife (mother of his 16-year-old daughter) and has not married his current partner....

Jane Austen and the Power of the Marriage Plot

In Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, there are two famous proposals of marriage, both addressed to the heroine Elizabeth Bennet. In one, the insufferable toady, Mr Collins, makes her an offer he thinks she can’t refuse; it is...

The Real Reason Women Avoid Careers in Math and Science

Remember James Damore, the young Google engineer who was sacked last August for resisting the company’s gender equality programme? Damore wasn’t against having more women in tech, he just did not believe the present male-female imbalance is owing to...

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