Becoming Unbecoming is a devastating personal account of gender violence told in graphic-novel form, set against the backdrop of the 1970s Yorkshire Ripper man-hunt. Una’s is a major new voice speaking out about the silencing of women with a beautiful, unflinching and empowering memoir.
Una believes that too much emphasis rests on the strength or responsibility of the victim, and that the resulting disavowal allows wider society to avoid blame – blame that is often due. So while telling her very own personal story, Una has set it within the wider context of society’s attitudes, looking at the way in which the media responds to violence against women. In particular, as she was growing up in the 1970s, she looks at Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, but also, in the present day, the response to Jimmy Savile.