#GAReads | Boss sounds: eight essential podcasts by women
Mary Beard once pointed out that in antiquity, men openly admitted it: they didn’t like the sound of a woman’s voice. Modern life reveals traces of that attitude in the destructive metaphors we use to describe how women sound. Angry women are “shrill”; intelligent women are “sharp”. And, as any woman who uses her voice for work – in, for example, a podcast – will tell you, men are not shy about complaining. They have thousands of complaints, about your tone and your language. They will say you have “vocal fry”, but what they mean is: I don’t like having to listen to you.
That makes the dominance of women in podcasts a sound to behold.