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The Science Behind Hating Hillary's Voice

Aug 01, 2016 | 7 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Commentators often criticize Hillary Clinton for having a loud, monotone, and shrill voice. In this video, The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan talks to voice experts to understand what makes Clinton’s voice allegedly more annoying than her competitors. The conclusions are complex: Clinton’s voice is actually average in pitch and loudness for her age and gender, but she does yell into microphones and speak in an overly enunciated voice—two factors that may make her seem abrasive. And then, of course, there’s another element at play: sexism.

Authors: Daniel Lombroso, Olga Khazan

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