Marta-Emilia Bona

Politics undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh

Marta-Emilia is a Politics undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and a Comment Editor at The Student – Britain’s oldest student newspaper.

Social Mobility Does Not Exist

The elite members of the British class system seek to protect their privilege, and if you can't do that by assigning the plebs to heavy industry, then you can do it by scoffing at their lack of cultural capital.
29/05/2015 13:05 BST

The Hairy Feminist Manifesto: Reasserting the Rules of the Sisterhood

Certain rights have been hard-won, but essentialist notions of gender roles remain. Perhaps, contrary to even my assertions, a militant and uncompromising feminism is becoming necessary to ensure that we don't allow new boundaries to arise where old ones were knocked down.
27/05/2015 11:36 BST

Football Culture Trivialises Sexual Violence

It is far too easy to become desensitised to the pain and suffering caused by men like Chedwyn Evans, as their victims are not the ones we see on the football pitch every week. If a positive attitude towards gender equality is ever to be achieved, it is imperative that bodies like the FA impose tougher penalties on those who commit such serious offences.
24/10/2014 14:30 BST

MH17 and Israeli Air Strikes: How the West Responds to Civilian Casualties

The continuing conflict between Israel and Palestine is complex, far-reaching and historically rooted. Even the most conscientious and politically active individual may find it difficult to maintain a comprehensive level of awareness. However, events like the crash of MH17 remind us that even our privileged position in a peaceful Western nation can't protect us entirely from the fall-out of foreign conflicts.
25/07/2014 12:53 BST

Northern Flight: A Look Into Liverpool's Empty Nests

'Northern Flight' has seldom left my mind since it finished. It provides an emotive exploration of the issues that lie at the heart of the city's identity. Patrick's words to me at the end of our interview have filled my thoughts and followed me through the streets of this beautiful city: "Liverpool is a city that tells you that you can do something, rather than that you can't."
25/07/2014 12:35 BST

The Secret Life of Students: Why Freshers Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Expecting little more than an hour of light entertainment, I was surprised by just how much the show struck a chord with me, and how universal my experiences as a fresher seemed to be. It's still somewhat of a taboo to talk about how disheartening and isolated the first months at university can feel.
08/07/2014 09:28 BST

A Woeful Week for Womankind

Despite the bleak state of affairs that the events of the week portray, the #YesAllWomen hashtag demonstrates a sea change in attitudes, from women who are increasingly prepared to challenge misogyny wherever they encounter it. The more we recognise the injustices against women, the faster we will progress towards achieving true equality.
30/05/2014 17:09 BST

Eurovision - Sticking It to the Man Since 1956

Eurovision has always been the embodiment of everything that is weird and wonderful about Europe. Although trends change and the boundaries of what constitutes 'outrageous' shift with every competition, Eurovision has continued to be a citadel of glittery splendour...
14/05/2014 16:16 BST

'Woman-Friendly' Porn Is Pretty Hard to Come Across

Having spent most of my formative years getting riled up over the fact that my ovaries reduce my pay packet in comparison to my male peers, it's hard to get turned on watching something which is grounded in the idea that women exist for the sexual gratification of men. However, as much as I'd like to claim that I selflessly stopped watching porn because I'm a committed feminist, that's not strictly true.
09/02/2014 23:04 GMT

Closing Edinburgh's Saunas Will Endanger Vulnerable Sex Workers

However uncomfortable we may be with the continued existence of prostitution, it is far more unsettling to imagine some of the city's most vulnerable women forced onto the streets, due to the misplaced objectives of a city council which believes that it is capable of eradicating an industry as old as Jesus Christ.
20/01/2014 16:52 GMT

Quotas Can't Guarantee Gender Equality

Whilst quotas signify a step in the right direction, it is important to acknowledge that their necessity highlights society's unwillingness to achieve such a rebalancing of power on its own. A quota for female presence in Europe's boardrooms is not a bad thing, but I fear that it fails to effectively address in-built constructs of gender difference.
03/12/2013 10:27 GMT