by The Dickinson Press
April 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm in The Dickinson Press
Stark County officials will discuss whether a 100 to 400 unit man camp should be erected about seven miles southwest of Dickinson during a county Zoning Board meeting Monday. Continue Reading
Tags: housing, man camp, Oil, Stark County Zoning Board 3 Comments »
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Although I do understand the need for a facility such as the one proposed in this article, I do have an objection to calling it a “man camp”. Will everyone, regardless of gender, be offered the same opportunity to live in this proposed facility? The name “man camp” implies that only men will be allowed to live there. I myself was one of only a few women who worked in the oil fields during the first boom in the 80’s, and throughout that time I struggled constantly to be treated as an equal in what was considered a “man’s job”. Today, I am working as a supervisor in a job that was also considered a “man’s job” when I was hired 22 years ago and when I received my promotion, the name “leadman” was changed to Supervisor in order to eliminate the gender discrimination. Have we moved forward and away from this discrimination thirty years later? Are the residents of North Dakota still living in the past? When will women be considered an equal to their male counterparts in all aspects of their lives? The description “man camp” shows that the people of North Dakota have not moved past this discriminative way of thinking and I personally would like to see that our state has progressed along with the rest of the country in regards to all types of discrimination.
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Are you kidding me? Are you seriously bringing up the “gender” card in this discussion? Are they supposed to call it a “People Camp” well maybe we should change everything else that might be perceived as gender biased too? Man hole cover changed to people hole cover, Mankind changed to people kind. Please get off your PC high horse and give it a break. I am sorry you had a rough go of it in the oilfield, but the oilfield is a traditionally a man’s workplace. And to give you a hint they are called man camps all over the world whether or not women live in them or not.
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Seriously “just me”???? The term “man camp” has nothing to do with North Dakota being behind the times. The name “man camp” is used world wide. The majority of “man camps” up in Williston (1,200 beds … 1,000 more approved and 1,700 more waiting for approval) come out of Alberta, Canada, Colorado, Texas, and Alaska. They have names like Atco Lodge, but they are still referred to as “man camps” by all gender from all states and countries. Maybe if some of these women who are crying and whining about equality, would get some if they quit whining and crying. Once they stop doing that they might become the “men” they want to be.
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