How to Get Ahead By Sounding Less Feminine

Sometimes it's not looking like too much like a woman that works against you — it's sounding too much like one. Such was the case for Monica Hanna, a NYC litigator who is determined to alter her naturally "screechy, high pitched, and quick-talking" vocal style to be taken more seriously after firm partners called it… » 10/16/14 4:30pm 10/16/14 4:30pm

Whether You Say 'Um' or 'Uh' Is Based on Where You Were Raised

Ummmmm, hey, uh, you know how when you talk you kind of say "um" or "uh" a lot? Don't feel bad about about it because, like, everybody does it, but as it turns out, some people say "uh" more and others rely more heavily on "um." And the difference in preference is more than likely regional. » 9/15/14 4:20pm 9/15/14 4:20pm

It's Not Fake to Be Polite: A Defense of Etiquette

Over the past day or so (and constantly over the past several centuries), there has been a lot of talk about how people (mostly women) should and should not speak. First, there was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand slightly confusing bit of advice on how a woman who wants to be taken seriously should "speak less like a young… » 1/21/14 4:40pm 1/21/14 4:40pm

Your Annoying Voice Is Yet Another Reason People Don't Like You

As soon as you drop that last ten pounds and get the bump sliced off your nose, you just have to worry about changing your entire sound and then finally, FINALLY, you'll be okay. » 9/13/13 5:10pm 9/13/13 5:10pm

Hypothetically, Hillary Clinton Is For Sure Running for President

Speaking at a women’s lecture series in Toronto, noted HGTV enthusiast Hillary Clinton dropped a bombshell. An atomic bombshell. No, fuck that — she terraformed the political landscape with a new and shocking statement. Clinton told the unsuspecting crowd that she’d like to see a woman become president of the… » 6/23/13 12:30pm 6/23/13 12:30pm

The Whole 'Women Talk More Than Men' Thing Is a Myth

This week, a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that the levels of a certain brain protein differs between the sexes and could explain why girls exceed boys in language development. These findings are being reported by mainstream media outlets like The Today Show and Marie Claire as "Women talk… » 2/21/13 5:40pm 2/21/13 5:40pm

Ann Coulter's Speech At Fordham Is Cancelled After Fordham Realizes…

Sort of a shame, really—I mean, I bet tonnnnns of people in the Bronx wanted an in-person glimpse of the one asshole kid who escaped her punishment at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and grew up to be a hate-mongering scarecrow—but a speech by Ann Coulter at Fordham scheduled for December 6th has been cancelled after… » 11/10/12 12:30pm 11/10/12 12:30pm

Listen to This Dickhead Whale Making Fun of Humans

So, apparently some magic white whale figured out how to manipulate its nasal tract and surrounding musculature in order to mimic human speech. The whales are learning to talk y'all: » 10/22/12 9:15pm 10/22/12 9:15pm

Sandra Fluke Gives the Romney/Ryan Ticket a Stern Talking-To

Sandra Fluke spoke at the Democratic National Convention tonight, and pretty much called Mitt Romney out for being a coward. In front of eeeevvvveryone. If she'd made her speech in a lunchroom with middle school Democrats on one side and middle school Republicans on another, there would have been a low, rumbling… » 9/05/12 11:35pm 9/05/12 11:35pm

Ann Romney Does a Serviceable Oprah Impression, Doesn't Say Much About…

So, at the end of Ann Romney's speech — which was billed, more less, like the moment in The Dark Knight when Harvey Dent holds a press conference to reveal the identity of Batman — we still don't know an awful lot about Mittens. The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky, for example, thought the speech was "okay to good," but » 8/29/12 12:10am 8/29/12 12:10am

Awesome Fifth Grader Whose School Banned His Same-Sex Marriage Speech…

Remember Kameron Slade, the fifth grader who was banned from speaking about same-sex marriage at his New York public school because his principal said the topic was "inappropriate"? » 7/26/12 1:50pm 7/26/12 1:50pm

Amazing Fifth Grader Makes the Case for Why Gay Marriage Should Be…

Kameron Slade, a very impressive fifth-grader at PS 195 in New York, won a speaking competition in his class with an excellent speech he'd written on the importance of teaching kids about same-sex marriage. He was all set to deliver that same speech during a school-wide competition, until his principal stepped in… » 6/18/12 11:15pm 6/18/12 11:15pm

Congress Quite Literally Talks Like a Bunch of 15-Year-Olds

Congress's terrible approval ratings have finally been explained — turns out, America's elected representatives are so fucking irritating because they talk at roughly the level of sophomores in high school, which means they can't possibly be legislating at anything higher than a 7th grade level. We've put mental… » 5/21/12 10:50am 5/21/12 10:50am

Watch This: U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson's Heartbreaking and Moving…

"I am tired of burying young Black boys," opens U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson's powerful speech in which she calls for justice in the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old boy violently gunned down by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain with a history of racism and… » 3/22/12 5:45pm 3/22/12 5:45pm

Everyone Totes Copying How Young Women, Like, Talk and Stuff

In the eighties, Valley Girlspeak permeated young women's interactions with each other. In the nineties? Young ladies? Were ending things? With a question mark? Now, women end their phrases with a low growl, a la Britney Spears before she needed to be left alone. And in ten years or so, everyone will be ending… » 2/27/12 7:45pm 2/27/12 7:45pm

Guys Change How They Talk Based on Your Fertility

According to a new study, where a woman is in her menstrual cycle influences how men talk to her. Scientists claim these changes may be part of an effort to impress her. » 2/20/12 6:45pm 2/20/12 6:45pm

Callista Gingrich Finally Opens Her Mouth and Is Not Totally Terrible

The only thing most of us know about Callista Gingrich is that she has a frighteningly perfect blonde bob—well, that and she was totally happy to be lying in bed with her lover Newt while he talked on the phone to his wife. Now that they're legit in the eyes of God, she's always at Newt's side during events, yet she… » 2/20/12 12:00pm 2/20/12 12:00pm

Uh Oh: Your Baby Can Understand More Than You Think

Bad news for all you people who think your babies don't have a clue what you're saying: A new study has found that infants as young as six months can understand words being spoken to them. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania conducted two picture tests with infants, using images of food and body parts. In… » 2/15/12 9:30am 2/15/12 9:30am

The State of the Union: Discuss


Tonight's a big night for President Obama. Starting at 9 p.m. Eastern, he'll be giving the annual State of the Union Address. Here's your chance to talk about all the drama. What do you think of the new seating arrangements? Which invited guest do you think has the most moving story? And, most importantly, which old… » 1/24/12 8:55pm 1/24/12 8:55pm

My Love Affair With "Like"

A couple of months ago, I spoke in front of a class taught by a crony of mine who teaches at a local university. The presentation went well — I thought — and the students asked questions that indicated that they'd been listening, and no one threw any rotten fruit in my direction and only one kid fell asleep.… » 6/26/11 2:16pm 6/26/11 2:16pm