I was in my mid-twenties the first time someone called attention to the way I spoke in a professional setting. She was my supervisor, a few years older than I, and had already accomplished an impressive amount in her career.
If you can't get past a woman's voice to listen to her words, that's on you.
Putting your voice out for public consumption -- and critique -- is a stark reminder that it's a man's, man's world.
Comedienne Nina Rolle and I reply to the debate over the vocal fry in this little video song. Hell, no, we don't fry! But if you do, we'd like to hear why.
While the annual era of hysteria is upon us here in Hollywood -- the Oscars! -- there's another one that'll last long after the Academy's fanfare has died down.
Watch the whole HuffPost Live segment on vocal fry here. "There was a study by Florida Atlantic University and they determined
“It’s a two-way street,” said Klofstad. “This can be seen as a cautionary tale to prospective employers: Think about the
To listen to the full interview, click over to NPR. Bell is hardly the first to notice the way women change their voices
To illustrate this point, the Times notes that studies have shown how "uptalk" -- elevating one's tone at the end of a sentence
The New York Times noted that a current linguistic trend called "vocal fry" is just one in a long line of largely female speech patterns that are seen often seen as a sign of stupidity. Young women who used vocal fry were being dismissed as insecure, naive, and dumb.
I'm the parent who stopped with the baby talk when my boys were technically still babies, who counted the superfluous use of "like" in their sentences, and who made them repeat any statement they'd contorted into a question. Linguists say I was fighting evolution.
In the study, researchers from Long Island University listened to the speech patterns of 34 women of college age, finding