First there was maternity leave. Then came paternity leave. More recently, a few of the insane and selfish, such as author Meghann Foye, have clamored for “meternity” leave. Ms. Foye can’t understand why only women who have babies get maternity leave. She believes it’s patently unfair to childless women. She does not like the fact that most women get married, get pregnant and have babies in their 20’s and 30’s, and then are granted “That socially mandated time and space for self-reflection” called maternity leave.
Self-reflection?! It is obvious she’s never had a kid, or spent long periods of time around one- or more.
She continued: “It seemed that parenthood was the only path that provided a modicum of flexibility. There’s something about saying ‘I need to go pick up my child’ as a reason to leave the office on time that has far more gravitas than, say, ‘My best friend just got ghosted by her OkCupid date and needs a margarita’—but both sides are valid.” (Emphasis mine). Something? Yes, it is a mystery. Caring for your child or drinking with a friend whose hook-up no-showed. Who wouldn't think those two reasons are clearly equally valid, Meghann?
Yes, many flee the rigid strait-jacket that is single life to gain the “flexibility” and freedom of parenthood! Foye should be in a strait-jacket.
But, if you think “meternity” leave is the newest, craziest call to be granted paid time off from work, you would be sadly mistaken. It is hard to believe what’s coming next.
Tune in tomorrow, for Part II.