To Party or Not to Party: The Life of a Chef
Leaked videos of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin partying and dancing with friends during a gathering at a private residence hit the internet last week. Marin faced huge criticism and was questioned for partying in a “noisy” way. Questions were raised about her attendance at this informal meeting, her private nightlife, whether she used drugs and if she was Prime Minister, was she sober to deal with an emergency if an emergency had occurred?
In response to these reports, Marin took a drug test to put an end to all speculation and, in his interaction with the media, told reporters: “I hope in 2022 it is accepted that even the decision-makers dance, sing and go to the parties… I did not want images to be broadcast, but it is up to the voters to decide what they think of them.
It’s human to have fun, party and have a private life when you’re professional. So, should we put the leaders in the spotlight? Are these questions being raised for those in power or can there be real potential damage to the country’s reputation just because the country’s supreme leader was partying? Don’t leaders have the right to live a life on their own terms?
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In fact, the women who showed his support posted videos and photos while drinking, dancing on social media. The slogan for the videos was “Solidarity with Sanna”. They even tagged Marin. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also tweeted in support: ‘Keep dancing’, and posted a photo of herself dancing in a crowded club during a trip to Colombia in 2012 while she was still in office.
It is true that women look to Marin as their leader and a true role model as she was the youngest prime minister to be elected to lead a coalition government in 2019. According to media reports, when Marin took over the nation at 34, she downplayed the importance of sex in her victory. “I actually never thought about my age or my gender,” she said during a press briefing. Marin, born in 1985 in Helsinki, was brought up in a “rainbow family” by her mother and her partner.
Anywhere in the world, Marin was the youngest serving prime minister then – other young leaders include Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk of Ukraine and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand.
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In Marin’s case, being a woman in position and power is indeed a bigger issue. And we are more critical when it comes to women drinking or partying, especially when a woman is leading a country.
On the contrary, Finland has consistently ranked among the top in the world for gender equality, electing its first female prime minister in 2003, and women made up 47% of its parliament after the 2021 elections. usually full-time and have equal access to education and health care.
But leadership comes with its own challenges. Some are interrogated to relax and party, as in the case of the Finnish Prime Minister where she felt unapologetic and held her ground. There are others like former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose photographs of drinking at a rally during lockdown in 2020 surfaced on the internet. It was said that photos were taken at the time the lockdown was imposed and he was seen breaking rules prohibited for indoor gatherings of two or more people, tasting bottles of alcohol and food from Party.
Besides Johnson, reports claim Vladimir Putin and Italian politician Matteo Salvini have been seen posing for selfies or partying in the past.