I Respect The Women That Tried to Make Me-ternity Leave A Thing, Even Though It's The Dumbest Idea In History
Metro- Meghann Foye is the 38-year-old author of new book Meternity, about a frazzled editor who pretends to be pregnant so she can take some time off to figure out her life.
Meghann recently did an interview with the New York Post, explaining why she believes all non-parents (and particularly non-mums) should be able to take similar paid ‘meternity’ leave.
‘The more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a “meternity” leave — which is, to me, 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,’ she explains in the interview.
She went on to say that she felt ‘envious’ of women who get to go off on maternity leave and can let their personal lives ‘take centre stage’.
‘It seemed that parenthood was the only path that provided a modicum of flexibility,’ she argued, adding that non-mums miss out on this ‘socially mandated time and space for self-reflection.’
Let's just put this out in the open, Meghann Foye is a terribly ignorant person and there is not one single thing that makes sense about her idea of "me-ternity leave'. It's just about the stupidest concept I have ever tried to wrap my head around. That said, once I finally did wrap my head around it I kind of liked the direction she was going in. It's essentially extended vacation time that you don't have to do anything to earn? A couple months - in which you still get paid - that you spend doing whatever the fuck makes you happy without having to concern yourself with financially supporting another person for 18 years? Who wouldn't sign up for that?
I know it's completely unfair to compare the stress of the average 9-5 workday to raising a pissing, shitting, vomiting human being that you literally carried inside you for 9 months and now have to watch over every single second of every single day. Obviously those two things aren't even remotely close to being one and the same. However, I would be lying if I said it didn't sound rather nice to take a temporary sabbatical from life. I am certainly not going to be the one to write an entire book about how hard it is to be childless and infuriate a bunch of angry, hormonal, bi-polar, breastfeeding mothers with sore nipples. However, if that book results in even one more day off for the general public then I am not going to be the one screaming from the rooftops on behalf of parents everywhere. Meghann Foye might be a whiny, insufferable bitch that's packed on just enough cheeseburgers to get away with faking a pregnancy, but she also realizes that you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Calling this a half court heave would be an undersell, but hey, it's still technically up in the air...right?
P.S. Not ecstatic about that "to a lesser degree men" comment, but I guess I should have expected the self important women that wants to change the world just so she can take a day off without obliging to society's generalization of middle-aged females as caregivers to be part feminist.