Work-Life Balance, Dancing Women and Cheap Shots

Sanna Marin’s overnight international stardom — and its curious timing.

Alekszandra Rokvity

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Source: ruisrock

Sanna Marin was an unknown to most until last week. Unless you follow international politics, you might not have known much about the Prime Minister of Finland. Today, she’s one of the most interesting women in the world: just because she was ‘caught dancing’.

The so-called scandal, as well as its consequences, is quite reminiscent to the viral AOC dancing video which aimed to discredit her — but ended up making her even more popular and beloved. How many other women will be shamed for dancing and having fun before the ‘brilliant minds’ behind the leaks realize this kind of thing just doesn’t work anymore?

Or perhaps ‘they’ are counting on distracting the world from bigger issues?

Sanna Marin has a life and refuses to apologize

So, what exactly happened? Let’s dismantle the whole thing.

Defending Work-Life Balance

Sanna Marin had a weekend off.

“We didn’t have any government meetings that weekend, I had time off, and I spent it with my friends, and did nothing illegal,” the Prime Minister commented. Although she said that she considered the demand for her to take a drug test unjust, she took one in order to protect herself legally and finally put a stop to such serious allegations. She tested negative.

The video that was supposed to discredit PM Marin, with the opposition accusing her of taking drugs and partying instead of focusing on her work, showed Marin in what seems to be somebody’s home or another kind of rented private space with several friends, dancing, singing, and drinking what seem to be alcoholic drinks. Marin did not deny any of the above. Instead, she strongly defended her right to party.

“I represent a younger generation,” Marin said. “I think I’m an individual, a person, a real person also, even though I’m a Prime Minister. So I won’t change the way I behave. Of course, I have to be careful of what I say because it can be represented as the whole government — but I’m still a person, and I will be one in the future also.”

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Alekszandra Rokvity

Activist. Feminist. PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies and Medical Humanities.