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  1. LJones
    LJones July 10, 2015 at 4:34 am |

    I found this page after listening to this podcast. I simply couldn’t believe that Sankin spoke so offensively about young women, non-native English speakers, and gay men.

    Thank you for posting this response and for the helpful links.

  2. Elaine Gerhardstein
    Elaine Gerhardstein July 23, 2015 at 11:06 am |

    I just heard the second part of Terri Gross’ program on young women’s speech and the ways in which they are attacked
    for it. In 1989, I agreed to move from the San Fernando Valley to Eastern Long Island for my husband’s job, in part
    because I did not want my daughter to grow up talking like “A Valley Girl”. Guess what? The Valley followed us. My now 28
    year old daughter uses up talk and verbal fry unconsciously and unembarrassedly. She is also doing research in clinical psychology and preparing to write her doctoral dissertation. She was her high school valedictorian and graduated from college summa cum laude (U Conn) in the honors program. In vain do I tell her that her speech rhythms belie her intelligence and achievements. She disagrees. Society will just have to wait for us old farts to die.

    Elaine Gerhardstein, Miller Place, NY

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