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Life on an oil rig, as I imagine it. Image via. On the surface, oil rigs come with a particular masculine vibe. Maybe it's the fact Bruce Willis and all his world-saving pals from Armageddon were rig workers, and the fact this is about the only reference point I've got. Or maybe there's truth to the notion that total isolation and dangerous, often filthy work appeals predominantly to men. To find out, I reached out to three women who'd worked on oil rigs around Australia. I wanted to ask them whether life as a female rig worker is as strange as I imagine it, and to get a sense of what it's like out there, on those mini floating worlds populated almost entirely by dudes who look like the guy above.
On land, I am usually the only chick out of 30 or so. Sometimes you would have one other girl on site, but almost never more than one. You should hear some of the jokes. Let me just say what I want to say! Get a bunch of blokes together and anything goes. Truth be told, however, that is not the whole picture.