Thinking of Alternatives-The Gender Egalitarian Batek of Malaysia

 Just reading a book on egalitarian societies: The Headman was a Woman, by Kirk and Karen Endicott and it has an interesting part about non-competitive children`s games that I advocate in youth projects.  This goes hand in hand practitioners who I follow who share these ethics such as Augusto Boal and Paulo Friere where their games and education is about lifting oppression not endorsing it.  This book also says that the fact that even though they played football and cards, often triumphantly, no one kept any score and there were not so strict rules.  It was interesting because the inherent lack of competition in Batek society, the anthropologists who wrote the ethnography believed that this helped prevent either sex dominating or outdoing the other in areas in which one might have had inherent advantages.