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Becoming Unbecoming

Becoming Unbecoming

A devastating personal account of gender violence told in comic book form, set against the backdrop of the 1970s Yorkshire Ripper man-hunt

It’s 1977 and Una is 12. Other kids are into punk or ska, but Una is learning to play "Mull of Kintyre" by Wings on the guitar, and she thinks it’s a really good song. There's another song, chanted on the terraces by Leeds United fans. It might not have made it on to Top of the Pops, but the boys all sing it on the walk home from school: "One Yorkshire Ripper . . . There’s only one Yorkshire Ripper . . . One Yorkshire Ri-pper . . ."  A serial murderer is at large in West Yorkshire and the police—despite spending more than two million man-hours hunting the killer and interviewing the man himself no less than nine times—are struggling to solve the case. As this national news story unfolds around her, Una finds herself on the receiving end of a series of violent acts for which she feels she is to blame. Unbecoming explores gender violence, blame, shame, and social responsibility. Through image and text Una asks what it means to grow up in a culture where male violence goes unpunished and unquestioned. With the benefit of hindsight Una explores her experience, wonders if anything has really changed and challenges a global culture that demands that the victims of violence pay its cost.

Titulo:Becoming Unbecoming
Idioma de edición:English
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  • Jan Philipzig

    I have never heard of Una before in my life, but Becoming Unbecoming is easily one of the most important and thought-provoking graphic memoirs I have ever read. On the one hand, it is the unflinching ...

  • David Schaafsma

    Una's Yorkshire memoir of her own sexual violence, set against the seventies story of the Yorkshire "Ripper," Peter Sutcliffe, a serial killer who killed 13 women from 1975-1980. The police spent more...

  • [Shai] Bibliophage

    Becoming Unbecoming is one of the best informative graphic novel I came across. It provides a lot of useful facts about sexual assaults, misogyny, and victim blaming. I highly recommend this to all, p...

  • Nicole

    In Autumn 2014 I first came across the so-called Women against feminism campaign on the internet. My reaction to it included confusion, outrage and outright anger! Women? Against feminism? But then I ...

  • lucky little cat

    The author-artist Una would be the first to tell you that yes, she has an agenda in this memoir. We follow the main character from childhood to teen years as she suffers bullying and molestation and t...

  • Joanne Harris

    Stunning graphic novel, addressing some very tough issues with clarity and compassion. Haunting, articulate, brave and intelligent. All girls should read this. All women will understand it....

  • Dov Zeller

    In a book addressing Una's own struggle to cope with sexual predation and social exclusion, and about a large-scale cultural acceptance of, no, support of male violence against girls and women, Una op...

  • Simon

    An utterly incredible graphic memoir about societies attitudes to women and the victim blaming culture that prevails and ceases to disappear....

  • Joanna

    INCREDIBLE. Possibly the best graphic novel I've ever read. I interviewed Una for The F-Word - check it:

  • Megan

    Wow! This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Una tells her personal story while placing it in the context of the community she grew up in and our culture in general. It should be requ...

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