During the launch of her new fragrance, Pulse, newly pregnant Beyonce told reporters that she would by no means be taking time off from her career during her pregnancy.
“When you are excited about something, you don’t have to think about your energy. It is natural and comes from adrenaline. It is important that I don’t look at this as like an illness. I am not sick. I am the same woman and I have the same passions.”
Okay, but resting to prepare for a major life transition is not exactly the same as treating your pregnancy like an illness or giving up on your passions. I'm of two minds here: on one hand, I really do admire Beyonce for her unwillingness to define herself solely by her role as a mother-to-be. But on the other hand, what's so bad about vacations?! Dear Beyonce, as a national celebrity, it's your civic duty to uphold standards of leisure the rest of us can strive toward. What if I someday get pregnant and my employer refuses to grant me maternity leave, citing you as an example? It's up to you, Beyonce, to lead the fight for vacations for all.
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