"Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice" ~ Naomi Wolf
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Culture
"It is because these young women are so empowered that our culture assigned them a socially appropriate mannerism that is certain to tangle their steps and trivialise their important messages to the world. We should not ask young women to put on fake voices or to alter essential parts of themselves"
Audio example: https://soundcloud.com/olga-khazan/sets/vocal-fry
To me, it sounds like whining.... and I disdain whining.
You're not the only one. Vocal fry can hurt job prospects, too:
https://soundcloud.com/olga-khazan/sets/vocal-fry uses the job scenario as an example. Both a man and woman speak normally and then with vocal fry, saying, "Thank you for considering me for this opportunity". (Suddenly the business man turns into a surfer dude...)
Oh wow. You're right, it does make a difference.