Facts and tips
Gender markers in English are influenced by social factors, such as socioeconomic class or geographic region. So, what qualifies as more feminine or masculine in one community may not be the same in another.
Rest your voice if it is hoarse or strained. Consider seeing a voice specialist to check your vocal health.
Consider other people’s voices to explore what you would like for yourself.
|Your gender identity and presentation involves a very personal exploration, including where along the gender spectrum you see yourself. Though the gender binary (masculine vs. feminine) limits the expectations of effective communication in our society, you can work with varying degrees and combinations of feminine vs. masculine speech/voice features to create a unique communication profile. In fact, most people, transgender and cisgender, communicate with a variety of feminine, masculine, and overlapping speech/voice features every day.I help you to understand what masculine vs. feminine speech/voice norms do exist, determine where you are and where you want/need to be, and train you in those speaking behaviors that help you be effective.I am a facilitator for empowering you to express yourself not only in an authentic and effective way, but also, should you choose, in a way that challenges societal concepts of what it means to be feminine, masculine, both, neither, or other. Viva la gender variance! Refer to the voice feminization and voice masculinization pages of this site to get started.|