What the yanny/laurel meme might teach us about our political and cultural divides

What the yanny/laurel meme might teach us about our political and cultural divides

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We're not often pushed to question the very basis of our gut reactions back to their source. Maybe I heard "yanny" — the option that suggests my brain emphasizes higher frequencies — because, like the student who initially posted the clip, I'm a woman. Or because I'm accustomed to listening to women's voices. Or, to go even deeper, because I identify as a feminist for whom "listen to women" is a political mantra. Perhaps it's less about what I believe than how I was raised, and my ear is simply more sensitive to certain "a" sounds because I grew up surrounded by nasal Midwest accents. Then again, I know plenty of feminist Midwestern women in the "laurel" camp.

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