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3-12-2012 @ 8:16AM
As a female player, I have tried healing, and loved it. My "main" (well, my achievement seeker) is a disc priest. I love healing in bgs most of all, though I'll heal randoms/raids when the urge strikes me.I think sweeping generalizations about women in games are pretty low (girls don't play wow, anyone?). And I think this one is no exception...I think that most players have tried healing at least once--male or female. I think females just have a higher turnout for healing at endgame. Why? I'm not sure. There are biological differences in the way males and females process information, it would be interesting to see some brain scans of males and females playing different roles--I doubt we'll see that anytime soon though.My favorite toon is still my tank though...I like to heal, but I much prefer to be tanking. Also, I think I fulfill a stereotypical female (as the case above presents) in that I like my dps to be ranged/casters compared to melee. But not all women gamers I know fit that mold.For a full anthropological point of view, I'd be curious if this stereotype applies to transgendered players and younger players.
3-12-2012 @ 12:18PM
Speaking as a male healer, I'd suspect it has something to do with the psychological aspect of healing. You have very little control over the flow of the fight; your domain is the life of others. It's very much a supporting role - keeping the group alive so they can kill the boss. Most men have difficulty in relinquishing the other aspects of the fight in order to correctly focus on healing, so I'd suggest it's not that more women are healers, but that less men are healers. If a majority of men find healing stressful and unsettling, it only stands to reason that women would represent a majority of the healing population.Of course, this is merely my conjecture, so perhaps some day Blizzard will release a statistical plot showing distribution of gender by primary role (or by time played in group settings) across the population.
3-12-2012 @ 2:01PM
I think he brought up an interesting point. I'm a male super-healer, but on most psychology tests I test androgynous. I like to assist, I like to multitask(something associated with female psychologically) and I like reacting instead of proactive control. All of these things pertain to healing, and are things on the feminine side of the scale. That being said, having a gender of male or female doesn't mean you have a set list of characteristics, it just mean you are more statistically likely to have those traits. "Ladies are more likely to be healers." does a disservice to men who like these kind of tasks, and women who do not enjoy those tasks.
3-13-2012 @ 5:38AM
@breeannaI think you're pretty spot on but I'd like to point out that no one is actually transgendered. The word gets a lot of use, even in the community but it;s sufficient to say transgender, the -ed isn't needed, and is quite offensive to a lot of individuals. That being said, it should be noted that many cross dressers, transsexuals and gender queer folk, take issue with being lumped under the umbrella "transgender". So though I understand what you mean there are clear distinctions that can't be grouped together, even if it would be helpful to everyone (anthropologists included) outside of the community.In any case to answer your question.I'm transgender. I like healing. I also like tanking and DPS. But mostly I like healing because I really enjoy discopriesting. That is Discipline Healing.And yes I know discopriesting isn't a word...Not yet at least. ;)
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