Are geologists different?

We’re a little unclear as to the origin of this clipping (can anyone help?) Whilst of course not condoning the somewhat outdated gender stereotyping, and without wishing to malign engineers (our very own President is one, after all), we can’t help but agree with the sentiment. Geologists are indeed ‘the very embodiment of all the virtues and qualities that are universally admired in humankind.’ Natch.


14 thoughts on “Are geologists different?

  1. Sara, So saddened to see the Geology Society dumbed down by feminism. Never seen anything so utterly pathetic from a professional body before. Can’t you see that you’re harming the reputation of geologists with this sort of tripe? Please stop sending me this drivel. From a disappointed scientist, and keen amateur geologist. Huw

    • Hello Huw,

      I should point out that views on our blog don’t represent the Society’s official views, only those of the contributors – although in this case, the official line is the same as my own (https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/About/Equal-Opportunities)

      Secondly, this is a post about how geologists are all awesome. It doesn’t really deal with feminism, other than the fact that I was slightly concerned some might think I was endorsing the outdated view that all geologists are male (‘My father is a geologist. My three brothers and four uncles are geologists.’)

      Thirdly, I didn’t directly send you the post – if you’ve received it in your inbox, you will at some point have subscribed, and will need to unsubscribe in order to stop receiving them. Please let me know if you need any help doing so.

      All the best,


      • Is this the point at which I claim my share of the glory for having started all this on our Facebook page? “Ted Nield. Proudly dumbing up the irredeemably pompous – if necessary with feminist drivel – since 1987.”

  2. Very interesting historical perspective and one following the tradition of ‘Geological Miscellany’! Keep them coming!

    From Wikipedia: Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Eppie Lederer in 1955.[1] For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, ‘Ann Landers’, though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.

  3. I would suspect this column was written after 1978, as it refers to “life, the universe, and everything.” While it’s thoroughly possible that this is either a coincidence or that the phrase was in use before then, that particular wording – used by someone related to scientists – suggests that the writer from Denver was familiar with “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which first appeared as a radio comedy in 1978.

  4. Great article. We mostly seem to have similar humour and music tastes too from what I have experienced. I think I have spent more time singing 80s music than modern tunes since I started doing Geology full time. I have met a few exceptions to this general conclusion though… 🙂

  5. Hi Sarah!
    I think that this is from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists monthly magazine ‘Reservoir’, volume twenty-two, issues one-to-five, from 1995. That’s as much as I know!

    Good to see history of science enriching our understanding of earth sciences!


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