Lexicon Valley: Speech scientist Benjamin Munson on the stereotypical gay man’s voice.

What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Dec. 1 2014 10:56 AM

What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

Listen to Slate’s show about the myths and realities of the stereotypical gay man’s voice.

Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole from The Kids in the Hall
Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole from The Kids in the Hall.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 48: What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

Affect a lisp, assume a lilt, and add a fair amount of flamboyance. Presto! Instant gay man’s voice. It’s a stereotype, to be sure, but is there any truth to it? Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Benjamin Munson, a speech scientist at the University of Minnesota, about what it means to sound gay.

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