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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

With accents, do perceptions vary by gender?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14664points) January 28th, 2012

I was discussing with a female jelly different accents today, and it occurred to me I had skewed gender/accent stereotypes.

Do you have different gender associations for the same accent? For example, do you think of women with a southern accent as friendly southern bells, while men with southern accents as hillbillies? If you examine your own private assumptions, does it break based on genitals?

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chyna's avatar

Sometimes, yes.
I’m from the south and I consider some southern accents to actually be very hicky as opposed to a sweet southern lilt. I don’t think it matters much with the gender. Hick is hick, no mater the gender.

augustlan's avatar

Like @chyna said, it’s not the gender, but the degree of ‘hick’ in the accent. Of course, this is an incorrect perception as well, but I admit that my knee-jerk reaction is to think ‘hick’ accent = less intelligent. I know better, too! I married a very smart West Virginia man whose family has the hick accent. He ditched his accent back in his college days because of that very stereotype (though it comes out when he’s mad, which is kind of funny). Obviously, intelligent people come with all sorts of accents.

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