The Finnish Prime Minister can’t catch a break

Pictured: Sanna Marin. Photographed by Laura Kotila (CC BY 4.0)

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin caused a media meltdown when she posed braless in a low-cut blazer for fashion magazine Trendi in October last year.

The photoshoot image, which was also posted on Instagram, shows a hint of cleavage, accentuating the vintage statement necklace Marin was wearing from the Finnish jewelry brand Kaleva.

A cautionary tale

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In 2013, when Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her upcoming movie, the discussion quickly steered toward her drug and alcohol consumption.“Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab now?” Letterman asked Lohan, who was sitting next to him in a white floral dress. Although she looked visibly uncomfortable, Letterman pressed on: he wanted to know if she had addiction problems, if she drank too much, how many times she’d been in rehab, and why it would be different this time.

This interview resurfaced on Twitter earlier this year amid a cultural…

It feels painful, and I’m pretty sure I suck at it. Should I just give up?

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When I was ten years old, I begged my mum to sign me up for ballet lessons after school.

I wasn’t particularly interested in becoming a ballerina — I just wanted an excuse to wear a frilly pink tutu and matching slippers — and so perhaps it came as no surprise that I was an undeniably lousy dancer (still am).

Even after a year’s worth of practice, I struggled to memorize basic moves, and I hated staring at my clumsy silhouette in the studio mirror.

Much to my frustration, all the other students could execute elegant glissades and pas-chassés.


Follow this advice or have fun staying poor

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Life has been rough lately. Your salary is garbage. You spent all your rent money on Instagram jewelry and don’t know if you can afford your skincare routine next month.

But you came across this thing on TikTok called Bitcoin that some computer nerds living in their mom’s basement bought for $1, and now it’s worth $̶6̶1̶,̶4̶5̶6̶ $32.456!

Being the girl boss that you are, you might be thinking you need to get in on the action and bag yourself a Bitcoin Bro.

Plenty of early birds have already snapped up rich guys who don’t own bed frames but have…

From unpaid invoices to awful clients, Fit Model’s portrayal of the gig economy is realistic and relatable

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While the gig economy keeps growing, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of a movie that realistically depicts the ebbs and flows of freelancing in a tech-driven and unpredictable media landscape.

Although it’s only 20 minutes long, the short movie Fit Model, released in 2019, is the best one I’ve come across so far, despite not actually featuring any characters that work online.

Directed by Myna Joseph, Fit Model follows a day in the life of Lu Simon (Lucy Owen) as she runs around New York City juggling multiple small jobs. Lu is an aspiring actress and model, but the…

Ferry Bouman is the unnerving, complex villain of a two-season Netflix original series and feature film

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At first glance, Netflix's Undercover presents like a typical drug cartel drama.

The show’s star and villain, Ferry Bouman (Frank Lammers), certainly looks the part of the quintessential mobster; he’s a lofty, leather-jacket-wearing, wet-look-hair-gel kind of guy, oozing chilly ruthlessness and gangster swag.

But underneath the stereotypical facade lies the story of an unpredictable and multifaceted character, told through a two-season series and newly released feature film, Ferry, which delves into his early life and tumultuous path to becoming one of the biggest ecstasy…

How empathetic listening can help you build better rapport with friends, colleagues, and strangers, according to Ximena Vengoechea

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It feels good to feel heard. Equally, listening attentively when someone else is speaking can be a powerful act of kindness. But too often, things get sloppy: we don’t focus on the other person fully (that Instagram DM got our attention instead), or we mentally rehearse what we’re going to stay next, eagerly awaiting our turn to speak.

And so, instead of actively listening to our friends, family, or colleagues, much of the time, we only listen to ourselves.

In her book…

Urban spaces make life more difficult for women, writes Leslie Kern in “Feminist City”

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How do you dismantle the patriarchy? Over the past few centuries, the feminist movement has successfully disassembled power structures and remodeled societal norms that oppressed women. For the most part, these structures have been (and continue to be) social constructs in that they exist in our collective imagination rather than as tangible objects. This means that advancing gender equality typically requires changing society’s thinking rather than rebuilding physical spaces that embody progress.

Cities are a notable exception.

As Leslie Kern recounts in Feminist City: Claiming Space…

How to avoid stepping into it (and how to escape)

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“Every intense relationship between human beings is full of traps,” wrote Elena Ferrante in The Story of The Lost Child, “and if you want it to endure, you have to learn to avoid them.” I’ve always struggled with friendships, I suspect, for this exact reason.

For much of my life, I’ve naïvely held onto the belief that most people, including myself, approach friendships in a willful and selfless manner. And so, when traps would arise, I’d never see them coming; instead, I’d always lose my bearings, fall on my face and get hurt.

As I hit thirty, I realized I…

Where did the drunk guys go?

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*Contains major spoilers*

In 2016, when Chanel Miller (then known as Emily Doe) gave Buzzfeed a copy of the victim-impact statement she read at the sentence of hearing of Brock Turner, the Stanford student who attacked her while she was unconscious, she helped ignite a cultural shift in the way we talk about sexual assault.

Miller’s statement, and her subsequent memoir, Know My Name, described in harrowing detail the traumatic experience of assault and its aftermath. But above all, it was a testimony of injustice. Before and during the trial, Turner, a star swimmer…

Laura Nordberg

Freelance writer and editor. Writes essays about pop-culture, books and feminism.

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