Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Becoming Unbecoming by Una


This graphic memoir examines the acceptance and impact of sexual exploitation. It is set in the late 1970s in northern England at the time when the Yorkshire Ripper brutally attacked 20 women, murdering 13 of them.  In this social climate of shaming, sexual double standard, trivialized victimization of women (not unlike today)  Una’s story unfolds. 

Una’s journey through the aftermath of sexual assault reveals the feelings, insights and interactions that lead to her to achieving an understanding that she is not alone and not to blame.  She is able to build a life in spite of the trauma.  The final pages of the book powerfully depict the possible lives of the thirteen women murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper.

It is a condemnation against the pervasiveness and normalization of sexual violence against women.  An impactful read.

-submitted by Karole-Anne