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

Regretting Motherhood: A Symptom of 21st Century Anti-Natalism

Bristol Palin is having her third child, her second with husband Dakota Meyer. The announcement a week ago has caused some of cattiest comments any “baby joy” headline has ever garnered, judging from this account. “Now the ‘Pro-Life,...

Are We Living in a ‘Post-Truth’ World?

Among all the contentious outcomes of the US Presidential election saga – starting with the election of Donald Trump himself – one uncontroversial good has emerged: the global village has been awakened to the great importance of truth. This was...

Are Video Games Killing Work for Young Men?

One of the great concerns in advanced economies is unemployment among men, and especially young men. In the United States, millions of manufacturing jobs have disappeared with the advance of technological change, reducing the demand for certain...

Users of UK Parenting Website Revolt Against Transgenderism

A rebellion against transgenderism has broken out on the hugely popular British parenting website Mumsnet after some users were banned for “misgendering” and “transphobia” in referring to certain persons, it seems. Starting Thursday evening UK time...

Can we stop making terrorists and shooters famous?

When 19-year-old Adel K and his fellow jihadist entered the Eglise St. Etienne in a Normandy town on Tuesday armed with knives, they could be sure of one thing: whatever happened, they would be famous. The mere attempt to kill a priest as...

Jo Cox: looking at refugees with a mother’s heart

The tragic death of British Labour MP Jo Cox yesterday brought to light a powerful speech that she made in April asking the government to accept thousands of child refugees.  Mrs Cox, 41 and the mother of two young children, was...

Abstaining from Sex Until Marriage Helps Marriages Last

Virginity gets very little press or screen time these days and that’s a shame. As a new American study confirms, a woman who enters marriage as a virgin has the best chance of still being married five years later – and probably beyond that. In...

The Push to Give Elsa a Girlfriend

From its launch in late 2013, the Disney box office sensation Frozen has been widely read as an allegory of LGBT experience. Heroine Elsa is a princess like no other. The special power that has to be hidden is her suppressed lesbian nature and...

Navel gazing about gender while the world burns

Camille Paglia, an American college professor and social critic, is one of a kind: a feminist who objects to almost every form of feminism known to womankind; a sexual radical who believes in complete freedom of sexual expression, yet a realist who...

Hello, Norma Jean. Goodbye great books

Students enrolling at a prominent Australian university this week will be able to choose an elective that is likely to leave all the competition for dead. A course designed to tie in with an art exhibition at neighbouring galleries offers La Trobe...

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