Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mexican Women Scream Themselves Hoarse

An interesting and yet inexplicable observation about Mexico is that when you watch Mexican television, especially the news and talk shows, the women seem to be perpetually hoarse.

At nine in the morning there are two very popular talk shows in the format of Good morning America and The Today Show, in which the women always seem on the verge of not being able to speak.

This year we bought a nice television set and watch these programs to improve our Spanish. (This works great, by the way, if you are an upper immediate Spanish student)

Without fail, all the women who have major roles to minor ones, seem to sound like they spent the night before screeching like harpies and then came to work with damaged vocal chords.

So, why is this so? Just why do they sound like this?

1. They indeed spend the evening before screeching at the men in their lives?
2. They go to football games and scream for the home team?
3. They all attend rock concerts and scream like mimi's?
4. They like hearing themselves so they scream all night long just for the thrill?

Well, whatever it is, it is yet another mystery that one can easily verify if they watch these talk shows.

From my experience I've watched, too many times to count, young adolescent girls when they are leaving school to go home who spend what appears to be an inordinate amount of time screaming for no apparent reason at all. I mean you could probably hear these young and budding banshees in the next town miles away.

But then, who am I to say since the Gringos of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende have dubbed me the Most Hated Gringo in the World and who knows less of Mexican culture than any one alive.

I must maintain my reputation after all!

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