What does it mean to ‘sound’ gay? I guess you’d have to ask all the bullies you grew up with, or your uncles and male figures who forced you into sports to “make you into a man”, or maybe those guys who post on gay social sites that aren’t into “fems”. Slate.com just put out their latest Lexicon Valley podcast about what it means to sound gay. In fact, you might think (just like I did…and all those aforementioned “male maker” alpha males…lol) that the lisp associated with gays or the high-pitched intonations are a direct correlation to some gender inversion…i.e. wanting to sound female. But, actually, some theories suggest that it could be a form of arrested development, gay men relating more to their childlike-selves…hence the high tone voice. Anyway, it’s all super interesting. Hear the whole podcast below. (Pic: Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole from The Kids In The Hall)
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