Normally, the better angels inside of me prevent me from taking to instantly despising people, but those angels must be on break…because I’m literally judging this book by it’s cover.
Well, not just the cover, but also the reason behind why it was written in the first place. (any emphasis added in bold is mine)
Meghann Foye, 38, has no children, but she still thinks she is entitled to some of the same perks as women who benefit from maternity leave.
“Entitled,” that’s the operative word for this entire post. That’s the only way to describe someone who views maternity leave as a benefit, as if to say new mothers are going on vacation.
Foye believes hard-working, childless women should receive a “meternity” leave.
“I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career,” Foye told the New York Post. “As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events and meet famous celebs all the time. And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack.”
Envious? These parents aren’t just leaving work “to tend to their children” as if they’re plants that need water. They took on a role, a job, that doesn’t come with vacation or sick days, and on its best day is MUCH harder than Foye’s job on its worst.
This entitled narcissist is envious because she has to “pick up the slack” in her office instead of feeding, bathing, helping with homework…TO NAME JUST A FEW THINGS…all of which is the physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting work of literally contributing to the future of the world, which stands in stark contradistinction to anything Foye thinks she does that is of equal importance, but isn’t.
According to Foye, “meternity” leave is “a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn’t revolve around their jobs.”
“For women who follow a ‘traditional’ path, this pause often naturally comes in your late 20s or early 30s, when a wedding, pregnancy and babies means that your personal life takes center stage,” she said. “But for those who end up on the ‘other’ path, that socially mandated time and space for self-reflection may never come.”
Thus, meternity leave should be earned after “a decade or so” in the workforce to avoid “Burnout syndrome,” Foye said. And, “it should be about digging into your whole life and emerging from it more confident in who you are.”
Yeah, that’s not an equivalent to maternity leave. Women take maternity leave because those first couple of months are so critical to the health of the child that it is vital the mother be with the child. It’s not just the child either, the mothers themselves are going through a lot as well. They need time to recuperate from childbirth and any other postpartum issues that might arise.
The last thing maternity leave would be is a sabbatical. Only a narcissist with no understanding what it truly means to have a family would come up with the term “meternity,” and then elevate such selfishness to the same level as motherhood.
When my first child was born my mother-in-law stayed with us for the first two weeks to help us get into the mode of being parents and handling a newborn baby. On the third week I took a whole week off of work to be there for my understandably very scared and anxious wife as we took to caring for my daughter without anyone else’s help for the very first time.
That time off was paid only because I used vacation time I had accrued, that’s time Foye would have used to travel or go “find her confidence” in “meternity.” Meanwhile I was using that time to master swaddling, and changing diapers, help my wife, who was still physically recuperating from her c-section, and not sleeping for more than 2-3 hours at a time through all of it.
There was nothing more rewarding, but it also wasn’t the fun and games that stoke the flames of Foye’s envy.
Foye, who feels it’s unfair for employees to ditch the office early, saying ‘I need to go pick up my child,’
“Ditch,” that’s the word Foye uses to describe people who have the temerity to put their family first (well, after not putting them first for 8-10 hours). I’ve got a word for Foye that rhymes with that.
eventually took a meternity leave of her own, quitting her job and leaving the corporate world for a year and a half.
During that time, she wrote “Meternity,” a novel about a woman who fakes being pregnant to enjoy the benefits of the paid time off.
Foye said maternity leave and her own meternity leave develop confidence, allow for a shift in focus from an overwhelming amount of professional obligations and give “a whole new lens through which to see (life,)
Good for her, except for the idiotic book she wrote…Now here comes the only sane part of this story.
but many critics disagree with her idea and argue that maternity leave is a well-intentioned, well-deserved break for new mothers who go through the process of having a raising a child.
And by “many critics” we mean everyone who doesn’t believe the universe should revolve around their undeserved indignation.
One guess as to what this woman’s politics are. Liberals would say it’s irrelevant, and they would be wrong about that, because it explains everything.
h/t KIRO 7