Summary of “Life on the Oil Frontier”

My housemates have been all men – more out of necessity than preference – until I decide to go on Craigslist and sign a proper lease.
Masculinity is embedded in the very language of the oil industry: oil men, land men, man camps.
The dirty, difficult nature of the jobs here is better suited for men, he believes: let men civilize the frontier and women follow.
At Champs Place, a squat bar near my new house advertising casino liquor, a man overhears me speaking ill of men abandoning their families and becomes enraged because, like plenty of men here, he claims that his ex-wife won’t let him see his children anymore.
One of the women upstairs, Kate, dropped out of college in Michigan and is out here to pay off $20,000 in student loans.
J. is irritated that men at Walmart ask her out after mentioning their wife and children.
As the price of oil rebounds well into the sixties this year, I hear by all accounts that the North Dakota oilfield has straightened out.
Rao is the author of Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier.

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