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Old 01-10-2002, 11:41 PM   #1
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Gay Voice

You ever hear a guy who sounds completely gay? Its that tone, that annunciation (sp) that just tells you that he's gay. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Well if you do, I got a question for you: Is that voice learned or is it instinctual?

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Old 01-10-2002, 11:48 PM   #2
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oh boy.
this might answer a question i've been wondering about-are the mods on some sort of schedule, what happens if they all go to bed at the same time, then threads like this won't be shut down quite as fast as they normally would?
to answer your question i think it's more stereotypical in the same way that not all cute girls have high and squeaky voices or large men have gruff voices

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oh boy.
this might answer a question i've been wondering about-are the mods on some sort of schedule, what happens if they all go to bed at the same time, then threads like this won't be shut down quite as fast as they normally would?
to answer your question i think it's more stereotypical in the same way that not all cute girls have high and squeaky voices or large men have gruff voices

Why would this be shut down. I think its a fair topic of discussion. I for one believe that your sexual preference is pre-determined. We are all a mishmash of different chemical/hormones and the whatnot. My opinion is that a gay person's "infrastructure" or chemical/hormonal makeup is what makes that person gay. They have no choice. I would just like to hear others opinions concerning if being gay produces a "stereotypical Gay" voice.

I don't mean to offend anyone. If I have, that was not my intention. If you all think that its not a fair or appropriate thread, speak up.

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Unappropriate, period.
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Why would this be shut down.
because it will be. the determinant of sexual prefs might be an interesting question to discuss, but not a question revolving around the voice with which the stereotypical image of a person with a specific sexual orientation speaks. that is, as popwhore said, inappropriate.

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I don't mean to offend anyone. If I have, that was not my intention. If you all think that its not a fair or appropriate thread, speak up.

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you have to realize that that is a somewhat rhetorical statement and this thread will offend people. these threads offend people the same way these topics of discussion offend people in face to face communication-because they are inappropriate. anybody in their right mind could pick this off as something that a significant subset of society would find offensive.

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Unappropriate, period.
How so? I thought people here would be a bit more opened minded.

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How so? I thought people here would be a bit more opened minded.

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Well we are, it's just that as kobeson said it's a sterotype you're presenting here instead of a solid argument.

That's all I have to say.
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I really don't get why you think this thread is offensive. I'm curious to know if you think that gay people are born gay or is it a learned behavior that they pick up fro mtheir environment. My belief is that a person is born gay...that their sexual preference is for someone of the same sex. If you want to call it a stereotype, so be it, but all the gay men that I'm friends with talk with a voice that I can only define as "gay". How is it that I can identify that a person's voice is "gay"? I'm sure that there are gay men who don't have "that" voice, but there are many that do. Going back to my original question...is "that" voice a product of their hormonal makeup or is it a learned trait?

CK Scratching his head over the negative vibes emitting from the responses in this thread.

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Well we are, it's just that as kobeson said it's a sterotype you're presenting here instead of a solid argument.

That's all I have to say.
Stereotypes tend to originate from some kernel of truth, you know. There's nothing wrong with analyzing and/or debunking stereotypes.

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The only thing I am going to say is this: I never said stereotypes should not be analyzed/debunked, I simply disagreed with the topic.



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you have to realize that that is a somewhat rhetorical statement and this thread will offend people. these threads offend people the same way these topics of discussion offend people in face to face communication-because they are inappropriate. anybody in their right mind could pick this off as something that a significant subset of society would find offensive.

I'll bite. Why is this topic so offensive and inappropriate?

As an honest discussion, it may not have too much scholarly merit, but it seems like a fair question to ask.

And as satire, it's no worse than saying that white boys can't jump, white boys got no rhythm, white boys can't handle spicy food, white boys wear ugly golf clothes, etc. etc.

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I really don't get why you think this thread is offensive CK
For once, I agree with TheU2. I don't quite see why it's offensive, either.

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Stereotypes can't be answered, only discussed in great length, only to get you no where.

Perhaps ask a homosexual person. They shouldn't be too offended.
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I really don't get why you think this thread is offensive. I'm curious to know if you think that gay people are born gay or is it a learned behavior that they pick up fro mtheir environment.
no, you asked whether or not a gay person naturally has a "gay" voice or not, not whether or not they are born gay. say what you mean and mean what you say.

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This is a very good question and something I have been thinking about for a while now. My roommate at school is gay. When he speaks on the phone to his peers, the lisp and high pitched voice goes away. However, when he's talking to some of his friends, look out. He speaks with a very strong lisp and uses inflection like a woman does.

Now, don't take this as me hating gays or whatever. My roommate and I hang out and play sports together. However, I do wonder why he speaks more femminine to his friends than he does to other people. If he were stranded all alone on a desert island for the rest of his life, which way would he speak (to himself) on the island? Actually, I wonder if he dreams with his gay voice or his straight voice. Hmmmm...
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TheU2, I didn't find the question offensive, but KhanadaRhodes caught you out, big time!

As for the "gay voice", it is something which is learned, and many gay men are very annoyed by it because it stereotypes the whole group.

I personally think it can be quite funny. I have some gay friends who like to use it to make a particular point, and it can be hilarious! Think Will & Grace.

BTW, I don't think that we should be afraid of talking about such things, as long as it's done in a respectful manner. Political correctness often has the opposite effect of what it's meant to achieve.
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TheU2, I didn't find the question offensive, but KhanadaRhodes caught you out, big time!
hehehe...i don't find it offensive either, i just wanted to point that out. sorry if you thought i was slammin ya, theu2 *hugs*

it is funny cuz the people i know who are gay do that do, like they're two different people...

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I don't find the topic particularly offensive, however I can see how some would, because it's just not a question most people would think to ask... and it is a question that may never be understood or able to be answered... but this is Free Your Mind, so why not?

Stereotypes suck because they hold the preconceived notion that every one that falls under a particularly group acts or talks a certain way. This doesn't sit well with the theory that we're all unique individuals. However in some cases this stereotypical attribute may be applied. I bet you can think up a 'voice' that society has applied for each of these types of people:

blacks
hicks
cheerleaders
surfers

you get my point. I think this 'voice' emerges due to simple social patterns. An image of the essence of a particular type of person is standardized in society. You have people walking the walk and talking the talk. It's all very subconscious and these types of learned behaviors can become almost instinctual. It's kind of like those who bear accents--it's due to the geographical area in which they live. Ask me how these 'voices' or attributes originate and it may be more difficult to explain. There's that whole "it's not a conscious effort, so surely it's in their genes" thing... but then maybe it's not--maybe it's just a social pattern.

Or maybe I've just been in Sociology class for too long

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no, you asked whether or not a gay person naturally has a "gay" voice or not, not whether or not they are born gay. say what you mean and mean what you say.

I was arguing whether talking with a "gay" voice is a natural extension of them being born gay (my opinion, some differ and think that a person chooses to be gay) or is it a learned behavior. I apologize if my logic got a little muddy.

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Great post, Bebe!
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