For those that don't know about Meternity, it's a fiction book that was published earlier this week. Meghann Foye noticed that the ladies she worked with seemed a lot happier when they had kids/got to go on maternity leave. She and a friend hatched a plan for her to fake a pregnancy so that she got the same thing. Which as it turns out ended up being the basis for the novel. She also wrote an article for the New York Post, which is where she stepped in doo doo. In the article she essentially accuses parents of using their children as an excuse to leave early and having three months off to 'self reflect'. This set off a firestorm of controversy, and frankly some good publicity for the book. And make no mistake this is what was intended.
One of the unintended consequences of the firestorm however is that there are a ton of negative reviews of the book on Amazon. Seriously 81 people as of this writing had given the book a 1 star review. Here's the kicker though, some of those people admit to not even buying the book! They are basing the review solely on the fact that the premise of the novel makes them mad. Sure it is their right, however it is damaging the system for all of us. When I look at a book, I make the decision to buy or not to buy it based on my interests. Take Pounded in the butt by my Own Butt (yes it's a real book), the premise sounds kind of intriguing and out there. The premise is quite simple the main character clones his own butt and then has sex with it. There is only one 2 star rating that I saw and that was just because the reader thought it was priced too high for a few pages. If you want to blast Foye for her views, go to the comment section of any blog, go to her website, but don't trash a book that you haven't read.
Foye's views are out there. If someone wants to take time off to figure themselves out, they are more than welcome to. But don't do it under the guise of fairness in the workplace because that's not what it is. However for those that don't agree with her, don't discredit your credibility by reviewing a book that you haven't read and then tell everyone else you haven't read it. Nobody deserves to have their career destroyed because of their views.
Freedom of Speech is not freedom from consequences. But reviewing, rating a book that you didn't read is unfair. Make your voice heard in other ways, by not buying the book. By boycotting the publisher. Personally I tweeted her telling her I don't agree with Meternity as a practice but thought the concept for a fiction book was interesting.
Now though it's time to find out what this controversy is distracting us from.
What's your take on Meternity?