I think from a Grok point of view, "rescue the damsel" has primal roots. Groks were (are) generally larger and stronger than Grokettes, and Grokettes have the responsibility of caring for the children. Evolutionarily, it was much more likely for the man to save the woman and children from physical danger.
As societies evolved and sheer physical size/strength wasn't as necessary, Grok retained his position of rescuer via other kinds of power. It all had roots in physical size/strength, but that was translated into other areas. Women being the "weaker sex" came to mean weaker mentally, emotionally, etc., as well as physically. This evolved into societies where women were (are) seen as the property of men, as being sub-human, etc.
Many of today's societies have the game field leveled because we have weapons and ways of defending ourselves that don't depend on actual size or strength. That's not to say that size and strength aren't necessary, but I can pull the 10 lb. (DA) trigger of my Sig P226 just as easily as any man. Because a small female can be just as successful as a large male in providing for a family, protecting others against (most modern) danger, etc., it's more socially prevalent/acceptable to portray women as the rescuer.
Plus, the companies that sell the games want to market to as wide an audience as possible.
I think that the "rescue" inclination is also partially individual. Some people are naturally drawn to be police, firefighters, military, while others are not, regardless of sex. Some people become counselors, religious leaders, social workers, which is another kind of rescue profession.
For me personally, I have no desire to be "rescued", but I appreciate help when I really need it. I have no particular desire to rescue anyone else, but I am glad to help when I can.
Last edited by Goldie; 10-18-2012 at 04:58 AM.
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