Strident and whinging.

/Strident and whinging.

Do those words [“strident” and “whinging”] matter? Of course they do – because they underpin an idiom that acts to remove the authority, the force, even the humour from what women have to say. It’s an idiom that effectively repositions women back into the domestic sphere (people “whinge” over things like the washing up); it trivialises their words […] Contrast that with the ‘deep-voiced’ man, and its connotations of profundity. It is still the case, I’d argue, that when as listeners we hear a female voice, we don’t hear a voice that connotes authority; or rather we haven’t learned how to hear authority in it.

–Mary Beard on the voices of women.

2017-07-17T11:13:30+00:00 17th May, 2014|Tags: culture|Comments Off on Strident and whinging.