Maxi Pads and Meternity

Remember when Apple first introduced the iPad and we were all like, “iPad? That sounds like maxi pad. Is Apple seriously going to name a product after something that reminds people of a feminine hygiene product? Why would anyone buy that? That’s so dumb.”

Obviously, the iPad/maxi pad debacle worked itself out.

Yesterday, a woman and named Meghann Foye introduced us to the concept of “meternity” – a leave of absence from work that has all of the perks of maternity leave without having any kids.

Now listen. I think the idea of “meternity” leave (or sabbatical or leave of absence or resignation) is kind of awesome. There are times in our lives when it would be hugely beneficial and therapeutic to take a time-out from our daily grind to re-evaluate our priorities and indulge in some precious, well-deserved, soul-searching, passion-finding me-time.

I have a confession to make.

When my husband and I moved from New York City to Miami in 2004, I treated myself to a “meternity” leave. I’d been working full-time in public relations for several years and wanted to shift from the agency to the client side of the business. More specifically, I wanted to do public relations in the non-profit sector.

Removing myself from the rat race of New York City plus my husband’s cushy new income allowed me the luxury of volunteering, networking, and finding my niche in the non-profit community in Miami without the hindrance of a full-time job. I also did yoga a few times each week, tagged along on my husband’s business trips to fun places, got a puppy, and took a watercolor art class at the local botanical garden. It was lovely.

A year later, my “meternity” leave paid off. I joined a group of extraordinary women who wanted to create a safety net for young women aging out of foster care and dangling on the precipice of poverty, abuse, incarceration, or worse. I helped build a non-profit organization from the ground up. To this day, it’s the professional work of which I am proudest.

Eventually, I had a baby, and I took a maternity leave. I spent three bloody, poopy, leaky, booby, pukey, sleepless, pee-packed, postpartum depression-filled months keeping a baby alive, saying goodbye to all of my shoes because my feet grew half a size PERMANENTLY, and figuring out how the fuck to comprehend my new identity as a mom, and, oh yeah, finding the courage to leave my tiny baby with a stranger so I could go back to work.

My maternity leave was way different than my “meternity” leave.

Ms. Foye’s new novel, “Meternity,” sounds adorable. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it turned into a screenplay for the big screen. Who doesn’t love watching a Hollywood actress wearing a fake pregnancy belly? I hope the heroine, “Liz,” is played by Emma Stone (I love her raspy voice) or Olivia Wilde (a real-life mom!). If it’s Jennifer Lawrence (also an awesome choice) then the guy who just might be “The One” MUST be played Bradley Cooper. Ryan Reynolds or Channing Tatum would be fine, too, I suppose. Whatevs.

In the end, the iPad (blech!) caught on, so maybe “meternity” leave is going to be “Huuuge!” Maybe we’re being too politically correct. Maybe “meternity” leave is going to make America great again!

(Or maybe it’s chick lit and click bait.)

What do you think?

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4 responses to “Maxi Pads and Meternity

  1. Hahahahaha… 🙂 It doesn’t sound kind of like a Trump idea, right? 🙂

    Foye’s interview with the New York Post really irked me. If we put the whole “maternity leave is not a vacation/sabbatical” issue aside, I still don’t think the premise of her book is funny. I don’t really know who she thought was going to read her book. I don’t think there are *that* many women that would find the concept of faking a pregnancy for a vacation funny. Bargh…

    Here’s what I wrote on the topic: https://becomingmotherblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/a-response-to-meternity-author-meghann-foye/

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    • Thank you for sharing your viewpoint. It’s thorough and well thought out. I’m all over the spectrum on this one. I understand the anger and frustration, but I also want to laugh it off because this woman probably knew that “meternity” would cause a stir and she’s relishing in all of the attention – good and bad. Because just as with Trump, all publicity is good publicity. Thanks for reading!

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      • Right? She had to have known or had some inkling of what was going to happen, but still… Strange. All of this social media vitriol has to take its toll on her. It’s not how I’d want to become famous.

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      • Agreed. Famous would be better than infamous. As a former PR professional, I would advise her to do another interview or pen a letter to clarify her definition of meternity.

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