This can occur in both men and women; however, these days, it's most often tagged as a feature of young women's speech. Which, of course, means we're shamelessly criticizing them for it. One study found that, while both men and women were judged negatively for speaking with vocal fry, women were judged far more negatively, with respondents suggesting they seemed less trustworthy, less likely to be hired, less educated, and even less attractive.
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Scientists responded, "Bwaaaa?"
And then, there's "uptalk," the speech pattern where the voice pitches up at the end of a sentence, making everything sound like a question.