How many times have you found yourself standing in line behind a woman of unsurpassed beauty and grace, only to discover that she speaks like a cartoon character?
It is one of the puzzles of American culture that we care so little about the voice. But its especially strange in light of the new wave of transformational enthusiasm. People are prepared to spend thousands on plastic surgery, fitness, clothing, teeth whitening, hair care all to make themselves more winning. Surely the incremental costs of voice lessons is small and the benefit great.
I suspect that there might be a Valley Girl influence here. Or maybe this is a California problem, more generally. Maybe the fault belongs to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Some women appear to have “weaponized their voices to make them more penetrating. Others appear to be reaching for the overweening, preemptive authority of a Major League empire.
I dont know the answer. (Mark this rare admission.) I offer it as a mystery and ask for reader comments.