... as in sexism. That's a word that has been used, wisely and unwisely, in recent months thanks to the political candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I don't propose to argue the merits of either here. But if you wonder if sexism is alive and well these days, I offer this note to me from a reader in Detroit:
Why oh why are there so many female newscasters? They are unnecessarily theatrical, have high pitched voices, speak too rapidly and thus are harder to hear than male speakers.
This is wrong.
The writer signed the note "an audiologist," so I cannot provide a direct, specific, personal reply, possibly including the suggestion that there's a better word starting with "a" for this correspondent. At the very least, let me offer a picture of someone the letter writer would probably consider an ideal newscaster. See after the jump.