Title

Sexy Baby Voice: The Infantilization of Women's Speech

Presenter

Emma Newmark

Abstract

Over the past decade, the “sexy baby voice” has emerged as a prevalent dialect that serves to infantilize and hypersexualize adult women. My presentation identifies the cause of this phenomenon and investigates the systemic rhetorical infantilization of women as a symptom of larger gendered prejudices. I will analyze examples of the “sexy baby voice” through the pop culture artifact, 30 Rock’s episode, “TGS Hates Women,” in conversation with feminine rhetorical theories to expose inherent inconsistencies in the perception of women’s voices.

Faculty Sponsor

Andrew Culp

Sponsor Department/Programs

Gender Studies

Tracks

Women's Voices

Location

Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Sexy Baby Voice: The Infantilization of Women's Speech

Reid G02

Over the past decade, the “sexy baby voice” has emerged as a prevalent dialect that serves to infantilize and hypersexualize adult women. My presentation identifies the cause of this phenomenon and investigates the systemic rhetorical infantilization of women as a symptom of larger gendered prejudices. I will analyze examples of the “sexy baby voice” through the pop culture artifact, 30 Rock’s episode, “TGS Hates Women,” in conversation with feminine rhetorical theories to expose inherent inconsistencies in the perception of women’s voices.