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I'm male, and all my healers are female (there are four of them). Then again, most of my characters are female, in general.
I'd definitely agree that there are more female characters that heal, but most of the healers I know are male players.
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I'm going to out on a limb a bit here, and throw out my own purely subjective opinion which I have no real way to substantiate. I don't doubt that somewhere north of 3 out of 4 players are male. Based on my own sampling, it's actually more like 9 out of 10.
But I don't really think that the percentage of players who are (real life) gals are necessarily much more likely than (real life) guys to be healers - what I really think happens is that with older players the class roles are more evenly split than with the younger players. Or stated another way, I suspect that as a percentage, younger players make up a smaller percentage of the healers than they do either tanks or DPS.
And going even further out on a limb here with the unprovable, I've noticed that as a very broad-base generalization younger players have a larger tendency to "be" their character, while older players are more likely to "control" their character.
I think this translates to an ON AVERAGE somewhat older player performing the healing role over the other two - and one that is more likely to pick a character to play based more on pure aesthetics than the younger players, who are more likely to have to feel they can identify with their character, so it has to represent them.
And let's face it, the female forms used in the game are well done and aesthetically pleasing, while the male forms generally have all the appeal of a drunken blue-butt baboon.
That's why I think there is a perception that more healers are (real life) gals - because for a substantial portion of the playerbase playing a character that doesn't represent them is an anathema, and the assumption is that if they see more female characters, it must mean that the player behind it is likely female.
I don't think that's really true when it comes to healers - I think it really just means that it's an (on average) older player who's less like to choose a male character just because he's male.
Em's my take on it, anyway.
Very insightful, and while this doesn't necessarily apply to me, I can definitely attest to the trend.
Pretty much this. I've known and befriended a lot of female players in WoW since I've been online since I had a 110 coupler modem and don't freak out when I interact with them online.
But I remember in Naxx40 on my Shaman (and back in vanilla if you were a Shaman you were healing in raids) I often would be assigned to heal our one female tank. And while she was not our best tank she was more than good enough to be in a Naxx40 progression guild which at the time was no mean feat.
The only thing was she was a female Undead War. So tiny! I would lose track of her sometimes amidst all the cows, trolls, and orcs running around heh.
Well you see, about 90% of the game is male, so about 90% of healers would be male too.
Of that 10% that are female (these are BS numbers by the way, but seeing as there's 2 female raiders in my guild, myself included, it seems right), I'd say that they're split between DPS, tanking, and healing pretty evenly. I'm a girl, and I love to heal. The other girl in my raid is a DPS. You don't see female tanks very often, but I'd contribute that to not seeing girls very often, and less people play tanks anyway.
You know, I don't think it has anything to do with gender.
I'm female and I've tried every class (though only a rogue and this priest is 85).
I'd say it simply has to do with a person's preference.
For example, I perfer melee to range, so my hunter gets almost no love from me.
I like tanking well enough, so I've leveled all (but DK) to about mid-way lvl.
I like healing very much, so Im working on a Disc, HPally, RShammy and RDruid in order to get a better understanding of it all.
I just choose to play what I like.
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