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

Americans Are Having Less Sex Than Ever, Sociologist Says

Why are young adults turning out on the streets more, raging against unwelcome guest speakers on their campuses more? Why are they parading Nazi emblems or smashing statues of yesterday’s heroes? What are they not doing that gives them so...

Losing a Dad Changes the Biology of Children

A fascinating piece of research related to father loss is highlighted by an article at Family Studies. Most studies of the effects on a child losing his or her father through death, divorce or incarceration, rely on survey questions to measure...

Mike Pence Dining with Women Rule is Backed by Women Themselves

Three months ago the twittersphere and liberal press sniggered at US vice-president Mike Pence and chided him for a statement that he once made (dug up by the Washington Post) about how “he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that...

Paglia: 'Sex Changes are Impossible'

Camille Paglia is at it again: trend iconoclasm. In a recent email interview with Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard, the libertarian ("pro-sex”, “Amazonian”) feminist describes herself as transgender, but goes on to criticise the current campaign...

Hey, Millennials! This is the sequence of success: education, job, marriage, children

Millennials may have it tough in a society where values and the job market seem equally disrupted, but here is what they need to know: the odds are that, financially at least, life will go much better if they follow the tried and true Success...

Why does International Women’s Day Ignore Motherhood?

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, an occasion for celebrating what is unique about women’s contribution to society: their irreplaceable role as mothers, homemakers, educators, nurses -- in short, all the person-centred and nurturing...

Nation’s Longest Wed Couple Reveals the Secret to a Good Marriage

Are Jeram and Ganga Ravji the world’s longest-married couple? The Indian-born couple are certainly New Zealand’s current record holders, ready to mark 82 years of marriage in April. On Valentine’s Day they received a special accolade for the second...

Study: Cohabitation Far Less Stable for Children Than Marriage

One thing the same-sex marriage debate has done is shine a light on why marriage is even worth arguing about. If it is just about loving couples, forget it. But it is not just about that; it is about children. After decades of “soul mate”...

Is There Room For Pro-Life Women in the Women's Rights Movement?

“Women” is a big word, so you would expect an event billed as a “women’s march” to be a very broad church. But the “Women’s March on Washington” scheduled for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, has become rather...

Why are Conservative Politicians so Good-looking?

If you are one of those perplexed by the swing to the Right in politics and suspect that dark forces are at work, relax. There is a simple explanation. As social scientists have noted for some time, voters tend to prefer good-looking candidates. And...

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