Quotation by Mary Catherine Bateson

Traditionally in American society, men have been trained for both competition and teamwork through sports, while women have been reared to merge their welfare with that of the family, with fewer opportunities for either independence or other team identifications, and fewer challenges to direct competition. In effect, women have been circumscribed within that unit where the benefit of one is most easily believed to be the benefit of all.
Mary Catherine Bateson (b. 1939), U.S. anthropologist. Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way, ch. 12, HarperCollins (1994).
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