There are instances in modern America where the liberal snowflake mentality pierces the veil of absurdity and actually makes us chuckle a little bit.
Usually, these moments come in the form of political correctness gone awry. Just this week, for instance, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt was forced to publicly apologize for asking his fans to listen to his Instagram videos, not merely read the captions, as they were incomplete and didn’t fully convey the essence of his posts. That, unbelievably, incensed the left. They demanded that Pratt apologize to people with hearing disabilities for asking them to listen. Once again, we should remind you that this is not an article from The Onion.
Now, in another bizarre mutation of leftist nonsense, one New York Post contributor has begun advocating for something she calls “meternity” leave, or, a leave of absence from work similar to that which new mothers receive, but without actually having any children.
In her rambling, ridiculous editorial, Meghann Foye has laid out one of the most asinine arguments against hard work that we’ve ever witnessed.
“’You know, I need a maternity leave!’ I told one of my pregnant friends. She laughed, and we spent the afternoon plotting my escape from my 10-hour days, fake baby bump and all.
“Of course, that didn’t happen. But 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.
“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. But for those who end up on the ‘other’ path, that socially mandated time and space for self-reflection may never come.
“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.
“And as I watched my friends take their real maternity leaves, I saw that spending three months detached from their desks made them much more sure of themselves. One friend made the decision to leave her corporate career to create her own business; another decided to switch industries. From the outside, it seemed like those few weeks of them shifting their focus to something other than their jobs gave them a whole new lens through which to see their lives.”
The cringe-worthy comparisons that Foye is making in her article are absolutely appalling, and offensive to the nation’s army of hard-working mothers. Raising a child is not a vacation from work. It is one of the most important, and time-demanding tasks that a human being can choose to engage in, and her flippant comparison to consoling her stood-up friend is ludicrous.
Foye shows no insight into the experience of raising a child whatsoever. The transformation that she claims to have witnessed in her colleagues is by no means the product of mere “alone time”, rather, the intensity of a child’s first few months in the world coupled with the rigorous and stressful work of raising that child, certainly helped propel these new mothers into a different existence. Their consciousness itself has most likely evolved after carrying, birthing, and keeping alive another human being who is very much an extension of themselves.
This is the profound experience that Meghann is missing. Not those margaritas with her gal pal.