I probably shouldn’t be posting this, because it reflects a side of myself I’m not really proud of. And I put it in the Pit because I think I probably deserve the abuse I’m going to get. But I’m posting this in the hopes that some of the responses help me see things in a different light.
Long story short, my boss just came in and dumped a huge ugly assignment on me. It needs to be done by next Tuesday, and is being reassigned from a woman who is going on maternity leave.
To some extent it always pisses me off to some extent when one of my co-workers gets pregnant, as I know that means I’m going to end up picking up some of their work when they are out of the office on maternity leave. I don’t know that my anger is directed at the woman, or the system that provides for such leave. I also understand that alternatives to the current system are to either exclude women of childbearing age from the workplace, or relegate them to a lower class of employee.
I know pregnancy is defined as a short-term disability, and people say my co-workers would have to cover for me if I had a heart attack. But it seems different to me as I don’t plan on having a heart attacks - not to mention repeated ones. And I don’t recall ever expecting my colleagues to handle my work for me.
I’d appreciate it if anyone might be able to offer any thoughts that might assist me in seeing this differently. Or, if you just wish to heap abuse on my misogynistic head, knock yourself out!