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Authors:Gunilla Byrman:
Publication title:Leif och Lena – divisiv pakethumor
Conference:Svenskans beskrivning 24. Förhandlingar vid Tjugofjärde sammankomsten för svenskans beskrivning
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:006
Article No.:004
Abstract:Leif and Lena; two brands of soured milk; were launched in spring 1999 by the Swedish dairy Arla. The article analyses the form and content of the texts on the back of the packages.

The results show that the texts adhere to the prevailing advertising genre by virtue of their simplicity. The content; on the other hand; is surprising; since it gives the consumers advice on relationships. The texts are built up as humorously formulated letters with rules on how to behave to achieve success with the opposite sex.

Gender jokes may be categorised as divisive or subversive; the first type sorting people into "us" and "them"; the latter poking fun at social myths; in this case women and men. A gender analysis constructing the subtext shows that women are presented as weak; sulky; angry; and difficult to understand; while men are stingy; clumsy; crude; and difficult to handle. The texts suggest that women; and above all men; must dissemble in order to live up to their partner’s or would-be partner’s expectations. The text loses a lot of its humour when we see the subtext. The unflattering image of men and women exploits people in an offensive way. Someone might object that these are ironic texts which mock stereotyped gender roles; but the overall impression is that the jokes are not sufficiently exaggerated or funny for an ironic interpretation to be the obvious choice.

Language:Swedish
Year:1999
No. of pages:12
Pages:47-58
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/006/004/ecp00604b.pdf
Available:2001-01-25
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Gunilla Byrman (1999). Leif och Lena – divisiv pakethumor, Svenskans beskrivning 24. Förhandlingar vid Tjugofjärde sammankomsten för svenskans beskrivning http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=006;article=004 (accessed 11/1/2014)