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Women face criticism for raspy speech. Whales use it to survive

By Dino Grandoni

02 Mar 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian all use "vocal fry" — a deep, gravelly vocal register. The Post reports on the "striking" similarities discovered between whales and people.

Kim Kardashian does it. So does Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry.

And it turns out many whales also use "vocal fry," the deep, gravelly vocal register these celebrities and a growing number of young American women have taken up.

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