Julia Whelan on sexism in the audiobook industry

(Brinson+Banks for The Lily)

Caroline Kitcher: Do you think we believe women’s voices less?

Julia Whelan: Yes. I think part of the problem is that women have been socially conditioned to present their voices in a certain way. Maybe we have told them that high and breathier is sexier … or that they should present their statements as questions, that they should pull back from anything declarative, or deliver statements with a tone of apology. And I think those kinds of vocal patterns are off-putting to a listener of either sex. If you want to create a very trustworthy, capable, “just-sit-back-I-got-this” feeling, that’s not the way to go about it.

Read the Q&A at The Lily here >>