Why Some Men Sound Gay Even Though They're Not

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    Jun 23, 2015 2:29 PM GMT
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    NYT: This short documentary explores the reasons that some men sound stereotypically gay, whether they are or not.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/opinion/who-sounds-gay.html?ref=opinion
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    Jun 23, 2015 2:30 PM GMT
    Now there's a topic that might sell online NYT subscriptions. Well done!

    As for the topic:

    The NYT article qualifies itself by stating that it's reporting on a short documentary that posits a theory.

    The theory of the documentary is that people model their voices on others and uses examples of (spoiler alert!) a straight man that sounds high-pitched gay because he was raised in a predominantly female environment and a gay man that sounds straight because he speaks in a low voice (yet he admits to talking with his hands, which I thought was a trait stereotypical of gays - or Italians) because he was raised in a largely male family.

    Lots of room for disagreement re this documentary.

    This "modeling" theory doesn't account for one thing that's fascinated me my entire life - my mom has two sisters and only the oldest speaks in a very strong stereotypical New York accent (that was also the case in tape recordings taken when the older two were 3 and 4), and there's never been an explanation.
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    Jun 23, 2015 9:01 PM GMT
    I thought the answer was going to be Mormonism.icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 24, 2015 6:52 AM GMT

    Maybe its a breathing technique? I would be interested to know how each man in the video above breaths at night, nose breather or mouth breather. I have always sounded nasally, I constantly feel a stuffy nose and suffer seasonal sinus infections.

    I just wonder if the air passing through the voice box has anything to do with blockages in the nasal passages. I don't have sleep apnea nor do I snore at night. I have noticed, when phlegm has got caught in my throat, before I eject it, my voice changes suddenly, in a momentary "stuck" position until I clear my throat.


    Do you sleep with your mouth open or closed? icon_idea.gif

    If closed: Is your voice deeper like drum?
    If open: Is your voice higher or nasal?