In Terry Gross's NPR interview with writer and editor Jessica Grose, professor of linguistics Penny Eckert, and speech pathologist Susan Sankin, the subject on the table was the policing of young women’s voices. “People are busy policing women’s language and nobody is policing older or younger men’s language,” Eckert says. Two of the speech tics discussed are uptalking (ending a sentence like it’s a question) and vocal fry (drawing out, or rasping, the ends of sentences). The clear double standard here? Men often employ these same tics. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 11, 2012
Sick of people assuming that successful women must have slept their way to the top? You’re not alone.
Freelance writer Andrew Goldman, who writes the “Talk” Q&A column in The New York Times Magazine, recently asked The Birds star Tippi Hedren if she considered sleeping her way to the top. In any context, this is a pretty offensive question, but it may be especially so here. Goldman was interviewing Hedren about an upcoming biopic based on her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, who sexually harassed her and ruined her career after she refused to sleep with him. Read More