The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true.
A low voice isn’t just a titillating hint that a man has crappy sperm — it may also be a tool for warding off sexual competition and for making other people think that said man is authoritative even if he’s really just a doofus with gravel at the base of his throat.
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.
I used to work with someone who baby-talked all day long. She'd be on the phone with contacts, asking for something, in the cheerful pitch and tone of an adorable kid trying to be adorable. Shirley Temple sounded more mature. It was so annoying.
You know how a deep voice in a man is a surefire sign of his ability to impregnate you with lots of his genetically-fit babies, which is exactly what you, as a woman, are hardwired to want? Yeah, no. Turns out, dudes with deep voices actually have substandard sperm.
We've all seen pictures of our Neanderthal predecessors, yet we never think about the sounds they made. Well, if you believe this video from the BBC, our ancestors had pretty damn funny voices. Watch as
Patsy Rodenburg, from the Guildhall School of Music, and her good sport of an assistant, Eliot, demonstrate how…
Ever wonder why so many automated voices—think the iPhone's Siri, your GPS lady, the woman who gives you your voicemail—are female? NPR's Scott Simon did a little digging into this topic, and the consensus seems to be that women's voices are used because they're perceived as being more comforting. As one expert put it,
Women's voices tend to vary in pitch over the course of their menstrual cycle, and scientists have speculated that this might help them advertise their fertility to men. Turns out, it doesn't.
If "sex" is anatomical, and "gender" is a construct, then it can be assumed that our vocal range would establish sex, while the way that we speak establishes gender. Or does it?