Look at this. Just look.
Firstly, that headline should be “me” not “us”. Hey dude I’ve never heard of, don’t assume that everyone shares your petty and – I suspect – misogynist views.
Secondly, why has Fairfax got, as the most important opinion piece on The National Times, something about someone not liking the Prime Minister’s voice so she should change it. Some guy, with only 13 followers on twitter, reckons the Australian Prime Minister should change her voice simply because he says so. Wow, that’s arrogant.
The writer, Dean Frenkel – a voice coach trying to flog a book – singles out other people that he reckons have annoying voices: former NZ PM Helen Clark and South Australian Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond. Hmm, what do these three have in common? Could it be, perhaps, that he just has a problem with women in power?
He then suggests SIX ways she should change herself. And guess what? These six ways are about singing more and adding more “lightness” to her voice:
But she could do with some lighter and brighter tones that introduce more melodious qualities.
She should be more girly, more feminine, and then she’ll win the next election. Seriously, that’s what he said.
He can dress it up with whatever voice coachy crap he wants to, but this is essentially a personal attack. He is criticising something about her (aural) appearance and saying she should change it. So we can add this to The Australian‘s obsession with her earlobes and the fact that she doesn’t carry a handbag to media conferences, and constant questions about when she’s going to get married, and about her uterus. No one gives two hoots about child-free, unmarried male politicians who don’t take a briefcase to a media briefing.
Yeah, I’m going with my first impression, which is that Dean Frenkel just has a problem with women with power.