87. Voice, masculinized or feminized

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87. Voice, masculinized or feminized

Post by bjkwon » June 14th, 2020, 7:38 pm

Despite the blurry boundary between men's and women's voices in nature, our perception of gender is categorical and dichotic. We set ideal man's or woman's voices in our mind from society and do our best to put ourselves into the right category. Men speak with assertive tones and monotonous pitch contours; women enjoy making their speech expressive with colorful tones. We make a great deal of efforts, albeit unconsciously, to masculinize or feminize our voices and overcome "physical handicap," for example, being short and high-pitched for guys or being tall and low-pitched for gals. Sex is what we are born with; gender is what we live with.

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