Can anyone tell me why more and more young American women — it is even more horrifying as they get older — insist on throwing their voices up an octave or two above where they would naturally be?
For those among you too young to know and those too old to remember, Betty Boop, Poop-poop-a-doop, was a figure of early Hollywood animation. She was slightly naughty — but then almost anything was considered naughty in those days compared with the utter primitive vulgarity of today. And she had a baby-talk voice and accent. I don’t think it was meant to be seductive, not at least initially, but to make her sexual hints rather silly rather than risque.
Mind you, it is a personal problem as I am going deaf and the “audiologists” tell me you lose those registers first. Ah! yes, The Man upstairs wants to spare us young dudes part of the attraction of young female receptionists. [Can you believe they have invented a name for people who operate computers testing your hearing; I thought an old eye-ear-nose-and-throat GP was an “audiologist”].
But that’s not the point, really. That kind of baby-talk affectation is not only wearing on the nerves but contrary to the mood of the times when women are supposed to be women, and not totems.
And if that were not enough, more and more of these young ladies are tilting up at the end of their conversational sentences in some kind of form of Celtic banter. What’s that all about? Miss, that’s not a question you are asking, but a statement of fact — or is it?