Chelsea Handler and Olivia Wilde have only touched the tip of the iceberg when they talked about women putting on their baby voices.
First off, there’s nothing wrong with high voices. Some of the most intelligent and terrifying human beings I know sound like Disney princesses. (Um, Joan Halloway anyone? Ok, maybe I don’t know her, but I feel like I do–same thing.) It’s also problematic to say women who sound ultra-feminine can’t sound smart or strong. The very association of a deep voice with power and respect is probably a product of sexism. HOWEVER, many girls/women raise their pitch depending on certain social situations. Yes, biology and instinct influence gender differences but different gender expectations may have an even stronger hand in this phenomenon.
But all that serious feminist language aside, we have to admit it’s kind of hilarious. Cringe-worthy yet comical, the baby voice phenomenon affects, or rather afflicts, more women than we care to admit or even notice. So let’s have some laughs at our friends’ and our own (if we’re being completely honest) expenses and then just stop it, k?
Check out the GIF gallery below to see what I’m talking about…