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For the past day my Facebook feed has been burning up with angry and snarky comments about this article, in which a somewhat tone-deaf woman without a child whines that she wants to take a “meternity” leave, so that she can put herself first (as if that’s what happens on maternity leave) and shift her focus away from her job.
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.
I was part of the snark. I believe some of the words I used were “dumb-ass article,” “naïve,” and “moron.” The thing is, if she hadn’t reduced maternity leave to a six-week spa vacation, and had instead just talked about how essential self-care is and how women deserve me-time, I would have agreed wholeheartedly with her.
Ahhh, but she has a new book to promote. A novel about a woman who fakes a pregnancy. So the click-baity hook was completely necessary. And of course, it started another skirmish in the war between selfish, childless career people only out for themselves, and entitled, lazy mothers who want society to embrace their lifestyle and make allowances for them (those are the only two choices, right?). So pointless, so stupid….