Author proposes paid 'meternity' leave for women without children. Moms rip into her on Twitter.

Author proposes paid 'meternity' leave for women without children. Moms rip into her on Twitter.
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Author Meghann Foye thinks women without kids should get paid leave just like moms do. She even wrote a book a called Meternity about a woman who fakes a pregnancy to get some me-time.

Author proposes paid 'meternity' leave for women without children. Moms rip into her on Twitter.
Author proposes paid 'meternity' leave for women without children. Moms rip into her on Twitter.

On Thursday, she explained her point of view to the New York Post: "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."

Author proposes paid 'meternity' leave for women without children. Moms rip into her on Twitter.
Turns out new moms don't find caring for an infant as relaxing as a vacation.

The article continued:

While both men and women would benefit from a "meternity" leave after a decade or so in the workforce, the concept is one that would be especially advantageous for women. Burnout syndrome is well-documented in both sexes, but recent research suggests that women may experience it at greater rates; researchers postulate that it’s because women (moms and non-moms alike) feel overloaded by the roles they have to take on at work and at home.

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And guess what? Surprise! A lot of moms do not agree, and they (as well as men and women without kids) took to social media to let Foye know that.

Most people didn't see maternity leave as the "me time" Foye seemed to think it was.

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https://twitter.com/newmeximores/status/726066175554121728
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Some people found the idea so ridiculous they wondered if Foye was joking.

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https://twitter.com/nikka_kelly/status/726083568640876544

One person even wrote an entire annotated rebuttal to Foye, pointing out that while parenthood may not actually be the "hardest" job in the world, it does have the longest hours.

Judging from the reviews on her book, Meghann Foye might need to take another 'meternity' leave to do some self-reflection on whether writing is the career for her. Or she could just have a kid, and enjoy all the free time that gives new moms to focus on themselves. Lol.

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