Why are some people so turned off by androgynous voices?

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The more time goes by, the more I love Frankie Ruiz's voice, but I know some people who can't get past his androgynous sound. I don't quite get what difference it makes. Is there some explanation that can be offered other than gender anxiety (which I don't think is the reason in most cases I can think of)?

(Oddly I recently read someone describing Oum Kalthoum's voice on her earlier recordings (say, pre-50s) as sounding like an adolescent boys. I've never gotten that impression.)

LaRue (rockist_scientist), Sunday, 28 November 2004 17:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good androgynous voices:
Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading, Anne Grete Preus

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 28 November 2004 19:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Suzanne Vega has an androgynous voice?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 28 November 2004 22:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Her voice doesn't sound angrogynous to me.

Leelee, Sunday, 28 November 2004 22:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Geddy Lee

steve hise, Sunday, 28 November 2004 22:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeh how did it get so high? I wonder if he talks like an ordinary guy?

mcfly fan, Sunday, 28 November 2004 23:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

thirteen years pass...

from just hearing his voice, i couldn't tell if the singer from cigarettes after sex was male or female

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I initially thought Shamir was a sassy London girl

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 22:42 (one week ago) Permalink

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