Excellent post on language: a feminist guide making a few important points to Naomi Wolf in response to a recent article in which she restates the tired and tiresome old trope that certain features of the vernacular are “damaging” to speakers—in this case, young women—and that they need to stop using them for their own good. The money shot, perfectly expressing what I try to tell people on what may well be an equally tiresome basis:
It misses the point that negative attitudes to the language of subordinate groups are just manifestations of a more general prejudice against the groups themselves.
Have a read: A response to Naomi Wolf.
Got a fair amount of vocal fry myself, by the way. Never been suggested to me that my voice imperils my status.