Hilarious Video Proof: Your Ability to Make Realistic Sound Effects Is Gender-Based

Like the num­ber of fem­i­nists need­ed to screw in a light bulb, gen­der-based assump­tions are NOT FUNNY!

Gen­der-based sound effects prove to be the excep­tion in Bleep Blap Bloop, a very fun­ny short film fea­tur­ing real peo­ple attempt­ing to imper­son­ate var­i­ous machines, pri­mar­i­ly vehi­cles and weapons of the sort one rarely encoun­ters in every day use. They’re not the most diverse bunch with regard to age or eth­nic­i­ty, but as far as white peo­ple in their 20’s go, Bleep Blap Bloop’s find­ings are pret­ty air­tight. The Y chro­mo­somes are the clear win­ners.

“Could­n’t you have done, like, a duck?” one of the female con­tes­tants asks as the cred­its roll.

What about you? Is this a case where you fit the mold? Please share your most tri­umphal (or least humi­lat­ing) sound effect below. Trans­peo­ple hearti­ly encour­aged to expand the con­ver­sa­tion!

- Ayun Hal­l­i­day is a proud fem­i­nist who changes light­bulbs solo and could­n’t make a machine gun noise even if she had an actu­al machine gun.

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  • Joan says:

    I agree with the con­tes­tant ask­ing about the duck. Why not ask all the con­tes­tants to sim­u­late oth­er things besides weapons: a baby cry­ing, a teapot boil­ing, rain on the roof, com­put­ers start­ing up, and so forth. Why all these weapons? The con­test is stacked against girly girls.

  • Alissa Mower Clough says:

    Some years back, Car Talk remarked that they get far more accu­rate report­ing of odd car nois­es from women than from men.

    My take on this is that most men feel that they should know what the sound means, and there­fore don’t want to go into the slight­ly humil­i­at­ing ges­ture of say­ing “It was kind of a crunch­ing noise, Ray…” or “As well as I can describe, it went ta-pot­ta, ta-pot­ta, ta-pot­ta…” or “It sound­ed like a dog barking.“which would make any fur­ther com­ments into a study in Low­er Boston­ian vow­els: “Yah, mean yah Dahge Daht makes the sound of a dahg bahkin’ every time yah try to pahk the cah?”
    I only report ’em I don’t make ’em up.

  • drm says:

    I agree. The sub­ject mat­ter did seem slight­ly unbal­anced in favor of male sub­ject mat­ter. I’m sure the guys would tank on kit­ten nois­es, for exam­ple. Cer­tain sounds def­i­nite­ly sound bet­ter com­ing from high­er reg­is­ters, and the ladies got that on lock.

  • mario says:

    pret­ty bias sound effects…

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