Though I agree in principle, it's actually quite trivial to create a generic static class with a Parse method, which alleviates some of the pain.
Here's my stab at it:
public static class EnumUtil<T>
public static T Parse(string s)
return (T)Enum.Parse(typeof(T), s);
Say we have the following enum:
public enum Color
We can now simply use the generic EnumUtil class as follows:
Color c = EnumUtil<Color>.Parse("Black");
I feel that this helper method doesn't actually warrant a class in its own right, so you may want to add it to one of your Util classes (if you happen to have a generic one!) instead.