Women as Supporting Characters

Robbins, R. H. (1999). Global problems and the culture of capitalism. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Global problems and the culture of capitalism is a scholarly source created by Richard H. Robbins, a well known anthropologist. In chapter 3 of he book, Robbins describes how jobs that are predominately done by women are historically seen as easier. This relates back to my topic because Mercy being seen as a relatively easy, "no skill" hero may be caused by the phenomenon that Robbins describes.

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Walsh, A. (2012). Made in Madagascar: Sapphires, ecotourism, and the global bazaar. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Made in Madagascar: Sapphires, ecotourism, and the global bazaar is a scholarly source created by Richard H. Robbins, a well known anthropologist. In chapter 3 of the book, Walsh briefly talks about the role of women in the sapphire trade as a supporting role. Given the harsh circumstances described in the book, and the relative ease of access women had to the mines, it strikes me as interesting that they still only played a supporting role (picking sapphires from the dirt that the men brought from the mines). I think that this extreme example of women being made into "supporting characters" may shed light on the less extreme example of women being made into "supporting characters" in Overwatch.