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3-12-2012 @ 8:21AM
I think it's a concept that's carried over from a trend (less prevalent now than, say, 10 years ago, but still there) in pop culture fantasy for female characters to be relegated to the role of "staff chick". Particularly in older, single player RPGs, female characters were much more likely to be given the White Mage type jobs (when they were actually damage dealers, they were almost always ranged damage of some sort), while the guys were the ones more often than not dishing out damage or being leader-types.There's nothing particularly wrong with women or female characters filling those roles, and even preferring them, but I think that at least plays into where the stereotype comes from and why it's still so strong.As for myself, I do have multiple healer characters. But then, I've also maxxed out the character limit for the game, so I kind of have multiples of everything.
3-12-2012 @ 9:39AM
This is an excellent observation, in my opinion. Media stereotypes, in other games, books, and films, have a large hand in crafting cultural stereotypes that people aren't often aware of. Look at Lucy and Susan from the Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, or Arwen in Lord of the Rings (the book, not the movie). Female characters in staple fantasy are typically gentle in approach (which obviously has cultural roots). Things are so different now for women, but the cultural ideas live on.
3-12-2012 @ 11:50AM
Most pop culture fantasy has been written by men, so it's not surprising that most female characters were relegated to the "white mage" type. Luckily, the world of fantasy fiction has expanded and allows much more diversity of authors and characters now, so hopefully this stereotype will change.
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