— And The “Ted Baxter Effect” —
Look, I love women. I can’t tell you how much I love women. I admire them, respect them, and find them astonishingly attractive on every level: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual. They are spectacular!
However, when they’re ridiculous, they’re just a whole lot funnier than men, when men are being ridiculous… and when men are being ridiculous, they’re really funny.
Here’s when women really make me laugh: it’s when they take themselves so extremely seriously that they do their level best to imitate men. Public women in America are some of the funniest women around because of the voices they affect. They’re so terrified of the “s” word — “shrill” — that they go to extraordinary lengths to shape their voices to sound as low as possible, like the voices of men.
Below is a picture I drew showing how I “see” a man’s voice:
Some ups and downs around an average line, generally in a lower register. Not a great range. Men don’t do a lot of high highs, but they will do a bunch of low lows, around less of a dynamic range than women.
Here’s how I “see” a woman’s voice:
This is an entirely different voice, as everyone knows. However, did you ever notice how much more expressive women’s voices are? They go way up, and back down. They swoop and dive and leap and plunge and rise and fall, they travel all over a vast and colorful dynamic range that makes listening to them a thoroughgoing delight.
Here’s a picture of how I “see” a conversation between a man and a woman:
The woman’s graph is on top, while the man’s is on the bottom. The guy starts down low and mostly stays there. The woman starts up high, stays there, and does all the ups and downs described above. Rarely does the woman get down into the man’s range, or the man up into the woman’s range.
However, public women are thoroughly obsessed with not sounding shrill, ’cause let’s face it, “shrill” sounds kind of silly, and young, and immature and … unserious. You can hear the vocal training that public women have undergone to bring their voices down, down, down, so as to avoid the dreaded shrill.
Remember, for example, when Hillary Clinton was just starting out running for office so many years ago? She used to make speeches like a woman, and she really did sound funny, because trying to say deep, important things while swooping and diving vocally just doesn’t seem to work.(1)
It’s obvious that after just a few speeches, someone took Hillary aside and said, “Ummmm… this just ain’t gonna work, we’re getting you some voice coaching … pronto!”
I confess, I don’t know exactly why the normal woman’s voice doesn’t work for oration, but listen sometime to YouTube videos of some great orators: King, Churchill, Hitler, Van der Jagt, Keyes. They begin a kind of a vocal drone, very steady, within a very limited dynamic range, then they rise and rise, their tempo becoming faster and faster, as they carry their audience up with the increasing emotion, cadence and tempo of their presentation.
Women’s natural vocal presentation doesn’t do any of that, so intensity comes through less easily. Hence, they do what Hillary does now. Here’s a picture of how Hillary speaks now:
First, she drops down low, then she goes up to the average line… then quickly chops off any further swooping up into the higher registers. It makes for a stunted dynamic range that keeps women in this unnatural sounding low, low range. When she tries to become impassioned, she ends up only bellowing, and a woman bellowing is truly funny.
Why? Simple: she sounds as though she’s trying desperately to be just like a man. And if she’s trying to be just like a man, then she’s implying — this feminist’s feminist, of all people — that being like a woman … is somehow inadequate.
Here’s the real end result: women who do this end up sounding like no one more than Eeyore. Listen to Hillary speak normally — not while trying to orate — and if you don’t hear Eeyore, then you’re not paying attention. Hence: “The Eeyore Effect.”
I’m not referring to the meaning of what Eeyore says — he’s a perpetual downer — I mean Eeyore’s vocal presentation. It’s monotonous, affectless, emotionless, unnaturally serious, and entirely lacking in dynamic range, in expressiveness, in the ups and downs that make listening to real women just delightful.
Hillary’s not the only one, just the most prominent. Some other prominent ones are Barbara Mikulski, Democrat Senator of Maryland. Also: Audie Cornish of National Public Radio — Audie’s in second place for Funniest Voice in America. A local (to me) Eeyore is Angela Dias of WTIC radio. Also very funny to listen to. Also, the very funny Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. Talk about someone who takes herself really seriously!
The above-mentioned left-wing women are not the only ones to have adopted The Eeyore Effect. The woman on the right who seems also to have adopted “The Eeyore Effect” is: Megyn Kelly. I can’t think of another right-wing woman who has done it though.
I’ve also identified “The Ted Baxter” effect. Because the other person these low-register bellowers sound like is Ted Baxter, the ridiculous, pompous, buffoonish, baritone-voiced, fictional anchorman played by Ted Knight in various sitcoms throughout the ’70’s and ’80’s.
When these women who take themselves so seriously try to inject intensity into their artificially-lowered voices, they sound even more like Ted Baxter than like Eeyore. It’s a safe bet that they sound practically not at all like … themselves.
Rachel Maddow, Barbara Mikulski and Angela Dias are today’s Ted Baxters.
Who could possibly have known that the thoroughly unrealistic Ted Baxter was really a caricature not of male anchormen, but of female media and political personalities!
It’s instructive that these feminist’s feminists felt it necessary to imitate men, rather than to educate the population in another way to speak seriously in public. It demonstrates the cowardice, the fakery and the intellectual unseriousness of feminism and the left. It’s a constant auditory reminder of the sheer dishonesty of feminism.
One final note about The Eeyore Effect: It’s useful to remember why these public women become Eeyores. It’s because they take themselves so seriously that they believe they need to drop their voices way, way, way down in order to be taken seriously. If you think of Hillary as “Eeyore Clinton,” “Ted Baxter Clinton” it becomes a whole lot more tolerable to listen to her pompous buffoonery.
(1) It can’t be ruled out also that Hillary sounded funny as much because of what she said, as how she said it. Here was the flagrantly carpet-bagging New York State Senate candidate, who pretended to be a lifelong Yankees fan; the pink-dressed, non-cookie baking feminist’s feminist who owed the entirety of her fame and success to her husband’s career. She was the one who “accidentally” turned a $1,000 investment into $1,000,000. I think that Hillary has always secretly known that she herself is not a serious person. That she herself is nothing more than an expensively-handled, coddled, pampered and managed … fraud.