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3-12-2012 @ 9:37AM
The stereotype, like most patently untrue stereotypes, says way more about the people who believe it tjan the object of the stereotype.I haven't done any research or anything, so what follows is wild-ass conjecture. I think most players subconsciously assign gender roles to play roles; the tank is "dad" to them, because they assosciate the person at the head of the group (however fallaciously) with a paternal figure. It follows, then, that the healer is "mom", supporting "dad" and enabling his victory.It's testament to the resilience of syereotypes that long-term players continue in this mindset long after they should have ample evidence to disprove it.
3-12-2012 @ 9:56AM
For my own part, I love to heal and my fiance loves to tank. Obviously gender has some kind of effect on what role people play and why, but it isn't nearly so cut-and-dried as "all women are healers/all men are tanks." and there will always be a sizeable number of people who just plain don't fit. Any gender-based idea is way more along the lines of expected norms, any combination of which imdividuals can take or leave, rather than some kind of socio-genetic destiny.
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