Talk:Betony Vernon

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Marital status[edit]

She is married to Barnaba Fornasetti, the son of legendary Italian designer Piero Fornasetti.Maestrotam (talk) 16:32, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

"Sexual anthropologist"?[edit]

The question has arisen as to whether or not we can call Ms. Vernon a sexual anthropologist. Anonymous contributor *188c argues that, just as medical doctors must have MD degrees to be medical doctors, so it goes that one must have a PhD in the relevant field to be described as "a sociologist, historian, anthropologist, [or an] economist."

I don't doubt 188c's statement that a PhD is required in his field (academia) before a person is accepted as an anthropologist, but academic use isn't representative of how such labels are ordinarily understood. Some might similarly claim a person is only a writer if she's been published nationally, an actor after he's made it in Hollywood or Broadway, or a designer once her collection is sold on Fifth Avenue. I contend that an anthropologist is someone who works in anthropology, a designer someone who designs. A reliable source described the subject as a sexual anthropologist (without scare quotes),[1] and we ought to do the same.

Also, "other stuff exists," but our FA-class article on Ms. Margaret Murray describes Ms. Murray as an anthropologist and folklorist despite her apparent lack of advanced degrees in anthropology and folklore. Dr Alfred Kinsey is widely considered to be a sexologist, yet his formal training was in biology, psychology, and entomology. Rebbing 04:26, 17 November 2016 (UTC)


  1. ^ Karin, Nelson (February 2013). "J'adore: Betony Vernon". W. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.