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Woman's Voice Sends Viewers Over The Edge, Dubbed 'Most Annoying Jeopardy Contestant Ever'

While most Jeopardy contestants are noted for their intelligence, Laura Ashby —a Vanderbilt and Yale educate law associate— was singled out for her voice. Someone even made a Twitter account dedicated to her “upspeak” or “uptalk,” which is when one inflects at the end of their sentence.

Though some argue that the intonation is seen as “feminine,” the Huffington Post reports that this is normal for all people who are on Jeopardy. The Smithsonian also found that female contestants used uptalk 76% percent of the time in uncertain situations while men’s “uptalk frequency more than doubled if they were correcting a woman’s answer.”

Some say that making reference to or criticizing a woman for her voice is sexist.

Marybeth Seitz-Brown, author of Young Women Shouldn’t Have to Talk Like Men to Be Taken Seriously, said she was told she should change her voice in order to be taken more seriously while giving an interview for NPR.

“The notion that my uptalk means I was unsure of what I said is not only wrong, it’s misogynistic,” Brown wrote. “It implies that if women just spoke like men, our ideas would be valuable.”

Smithsonian’s says that the use of uptalk makes sense on Jeopardy because people are answering questions to win. Their study says that “uptalk might be a way for speakers finishing a thought to check in with their listeners, a tool to help people connect.”

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: Twitter/@TODAYshow

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