I once spent two days as a substitute teacher in a classroom of 6th graders all of whom, boys and girls, spoke in -- uptalk? When their teacher, a young woman herself, returned late on the second day, I asked her, "Have you noticed that they all end every statement with -- a ques-tion?" No. No, she had not. Apparently it was not a problem. This habit of speech is not prevalent today, at least not in my world, and when I hear a professional woman approaching middle age use uptalk, I wonder why she never grew out of it like everyone else her age. . . And now vocal fry is a feminist issue??? Why would someone think that? Is it because saying it makes it so? Are we also to regard petulance and flightiness as feminist traits? . . . It's a real shame.