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"More than just a colour":pink as a gender and sexuality marker in visual communication.

Koller, Veronika (2008) "More than just a colour":pink as a gender and sexuality marker in visual communication. Visual Communication, 7 (4). pp. 395-423.

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Abstract

This article investigates the functions of the colour pink as a marker of gender and sexuality in cultural models and the multimodal texts they inform. To this end, tendencies suggested by a pilot survey on colour associations are traced in a number of visual texts such as leaflets, advertisements, websites and magazines, where pink functions to gender textual referents, attract female readers' attention and index both sexuality and sexual identity. Both informants' associations and the multimodal text analysis show evidence of an emergent schema that relates pink to post-feminist femininity. This is seen as complementing and extending conventional and counter-cultural associations of pink with stereotypically feminine characteristics or gayness, respectively. Ultimately, the author argues for an approach to colour that combines social semiotics with cognitive semantics.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Visual Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive models ; colour association ; gendered discourses ; sexuality ; social semiotics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 26670
Deposited By: Dr Veronika Koller
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2009 10:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2012 14:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26670

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