Talking While Female

If you were unaware, I am not a female.  So, though this post is not directed toward me or any other male reader, it still is.  Have you ever heard of “vocal fry?”  It is a style of speaking that is said to sometimes be limiting to the professional opportunities that you come across.  I’m not saying that anyone needs to change the way they talk… No, actually, I am saying that you should.  Depending on the setting I’m in, my enunciation, inflection, and overall tone does change.  As a black man, I walk into a room and am expected to not have mastered the English language.  Well, ladies, you’re often expected not to be as competent as men.  And I’m going to tell you the exact same thing I tell young brothers that I mentor: “You can change how you say something without changing what you say.”  In certain settings, you will need to change your inflection.  And that is alright.  You are still you.  Your message is still the same.  But anyway, below is a video that relates to vocal fry.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think about or if you feel as if you have been discriminated against because of your gender (and how so).

Source: NPR

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