As I mentioned yesterday, today’s episode of Fresh Air was about vocal fry and other speech patterns that women are criticized for. It’s a great listen.
From the interview: Penny Eckert on the criticism of young women’s voices:
It makes me really angry. And it makes me angry, first of all, because the biggest users of vocal fry traditionally have been men, and it still is; men in the U.K, for instance. And it’s considered kind of a sign of hyper-masculinity ... and by the same token, uptalk, it’s clear that in some people’s voices that has really become a style, but it has been around forever, and people use it stylistically in a variety of ways—both men and women.