Meghann Foye has never had children, but the 38-year-old woman believes she and other childless ladies should enjoy a type of maternity leave like working moms.
Foye tells the New York Post she used to work as an editor at a popular magazine where she always felt "envious" when parents left work at 6 p.m. to care for their children, while she and other childless workers stayed and toiled away.
Foye calls for “meternity” leave for childless folks, which she describes as "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," according to the New York Post.
Foye describes maternity leave as a "socially mandated time and space for self-reflection" that moms enjoy.
Foye also compares the "valid" sides of leaving work to pick up a child to going out with a friend to drink margaritas.
Foye concludes that she eventually quit her job to take a year and a half off, during which she dealt with her self-doubt, grieved the passing of her father and wrote her first novel, "Meternity."
Although the book received good reviews in the press, Foye has been pounded with criticism by Amazon customer reviews.
One review states, "Let me ask you, Meghann Foye: do you also resent that your co-workers with cancer get super-fun free time to go to their chemo appointments?"
Another says: "The author of this book should be embarrassed she even had this thought, let alone wrote this book. It's a horrifying and sad comment on the selfishness and narcissism in today's society."
New York Post writer Kyle Smith also wrote a skewering response in his column:
Have you recently had your body split open by a screaming, red, nightmare-lump of writhing humanity? Or taken on the hair-raising responsibility of parenting a little one with less ability to manage for him- or herself than a newborn kitten? Then, sorry. You don't qualify for maternity leave.
You want some “me-ternity” leave without the hassle of giving birth? Fine, come baby-sit my two little Napoleons for six months. You’ll be begging your boss to let you come back to the office — after about six days